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Dec  2017

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Water Conservation New Year's Resolution

Let's make 2018's New Year Resolution to conserve water!

Here are some easy tips to help conserve water and save money in and around your home. Resolve to save water and do at least one of these per day. Even if the savings are small, every drop counts in the long run!

In the Kitchen

  • When handwashing dishes, fill each sink with water and use one to wash and one to rinse.
  • If your dishwasher has a "light-wash" option, opt to use it. 
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water.
  • Collect the water you use to rinse produce and reuse it to water houseplants. 
  • Designate one glass for drinking each day, or use a refillable water bottle to cut down on dishes. 

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In the Bathroom

  • Keep the water off while brushing your teeth and save up to four gallons a minute.
  • Try and limit your showers to 5 minutes.
  • Reuse your towels as often as you can to reduce over washing. 
  • Check for a leaky toilet by adding 12 drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color appears in the bowl an hour later, your toilet is leaking and may need replacing.
 

Around the House

  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full and you can save upwards of 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Install low flow faucets on each appliance.
  • Check your faucets for any dripping - one drip every second adds up to five gallons a day.
  • When you clean your fish tank, use the leftover water on houseplants.
 

Out and About

  • When you clean your fish tank, use the leftover water on houseplants. 
  • Harvest rain in rain barrels for use in the garden.
  • Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Keep that grass high. Longer grass shades the soil, improving moisture retention and has more leaf surface to take in sunlight. This allows the grass to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system. 
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway/sidewalk.
  • Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.

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What's your New Year's Resolution? Let us know!

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