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Smart Water Saving Tips

The Latest Buzz . . . Be a Smart Water Saver
FACT: We have the same amount of water on Earth today as we did when time began, yet our demand continues to grow.
FACT: We are all responsible for protecting and saving this precious resource so that there will be plenty of clean, safe drinking water for future generations.
Please do your part by practicing these tips:
  • Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank, if the color seeps into the bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Be sure to get the leak repaired immediately. Toilet leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. Each flush uses up to 7 gallons.
  • Limit your shower time. Showers typically use 5-10 gallons a minute.
  • When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn the faucet off.
  • Install water saving showerheads and flow restrictors on your faucets. These items are readily available at your local hardware store.
  • Place a partially filled plastic bottle in the tank of your toilet to cut down on the amount of water used each time you flush.
  • Check all pipes and faucets for leaks.
  • Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator for drinking instead of running the faucet until it gets cold.
  • Sweep your porch and sidewalk instead of using the hose.
  • Landscape wisely. Plant native, water efficient grasses, plants, trees and shrubs. Plant in the spring or fall when watering requirements are lower



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