Enough for Everyone.
Eliminate water waste so there's enough to go around. Here are a few things you can do at home to preserve our planet's water supply:
- Turn off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth and lather up your hands.
- Wash only full loads of laundry to save water and electricity.
- Fill the kitchen sink with soapy and clean water when washing dishes by hand, instead of letting the water run.
- Completely fill the dishwasher before running it to save water and electricity.
- Take short, five-minute showers instead of baths to save about 40 gallons of water.
- Keep an eye out for plumbing and irrigation leaks, and then fixing them promptly.
- Plant only native, drought-tolerant plant species throughout your home landscape and use mulch to minimize evaporation.
- Irrigate efficiently through wise sprinkler head selection, which can ensure that water is directed to exactly where it is needed and control the amount of water put on the ground at one time.
- Water deeply, not frequently. In new landscapes, wean new plants off of frequent waterings after their second year and give periodic deep waterings instead.
- Use a bucket of soapy water or shut-off nozzle for your hose when washing your car.
For more information on water conservation, visit www.getthegreenback.net.