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5 Tips to Help Save Water

August 17th, 2014 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

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Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, http://www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za/Content.aspx?objID=419, 08/17/2014

 

During these peak days of summer conserving water is extremely important, especially with part of the country suffering from severe drought. Learning to save a little water here and there is actually a lot easier than you would think and only requires a few simple changes. Here are some tips to help you save water during your everyday life.

 

  1. Fix all leaks

    First and foremost check and fix all leaks. This really is a no brainer when it comes to saving water. A leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day! Detecting leaks and fixing them will not only help save water but also save your pocket book!

     

  2. Replace old faucets and showerheads

    Another great way to save water is to replace old faucets and showerheads with newer more efficient ones. Many newer faucets and showerheads conserve a lot more water without sacrificing pressure. Making these replacements will not only help save water and money, but also spruce up your space!

     

  3. Replace Old Toilets

    Older toilets tend to waste a lot of water, with some wasting up to 7 gallons of water per flush! New more efficient toilets use significantly less with .5-1.5 gallons depending on the model. Some models offer 2 flushing modes; 1 for liquid waste and 1 for solid waste. This is a great way to save water and money.

     

  4. Make sure appliances are full

    When running the dishwasher and washing machine make sure they are filled to capacity. This practice will help you save water because you are running your appliances more efficiently. Also consider upgrading appliances to more efficient models, many have water saving settings. *Added bonus if you wait to run your appliances until after 7 pm you can also save electricity because its not running during peak usage hours, another added bonus!

     

  5. Conserve water outside too!

    When trying to save water you need to consider the water you use outside as well. How often are you watering your grass? Instead of every day consider watering it every other day. Also changing the time you water your grass will help save water too. Watering during the early hours of the morning or in the evening while the sun is not full force will help more water absorb into the ground instead of evaporating, allowing for a more thorough soaking! In addition avoid hosing down your driveway, consider using a broom or a leaf blower instead to help save water.

 

Saving water should be a top priority for everyone. Water is one of the most precious resources we have. Other ways that can help save water are: taking shorter showers, if you have a pool make sure you have it covered to help eliminate evaporation, and avoid washing your car as often. These simple changes will help you save water and the more people that participate the more water we can save!

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