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Voluntary water conservation measures

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on August 31, 2007 1:53 PM

* Take five-minute showers instead of baths.

* Do not let water run while shaving, brushing teeth, and rinsing dishes.

* Keep a bottle of chilled water in the refrigerator for drinking, so as not to run the tap to get cold water.

* Only run dishwasher or clothes washing machine when have full loads.

* Washing dishes by hand saves about 25 gallons (don't let tap run).

* Inspect and repair leaky valves on faucets and toilets.

* Install water-saving devices on toilets and showers. (i.e., place an item in the toilet tank -- do not use a brick to reduce amount of water per flush, install low-flow shower heads, etc. Look for water conservation features if buying new water-consuming appliances.)

* Do not allow children to play with hose or sprinklers.

* Limit lawn and outside plant watering, then only at night between 5 p.m. and midnight, no more than three times per week, to avoid water evaporation loss. In an hour, 600 gallons of water can be wasted.

* Position sprinklers to water the lawn, to avoid water spraying on pavement.

* Avoid watering on windy days when the wind not only blows water off target, but also causes excess evaporation.

* Know how to turn off an automatic sprinkler system in case of rain. There are automatic rain sensors available that prevent automatic sprinkler from starting if it has just rained.

* Use an alarm clock or a timer to remind one to shut off hose-fed sprinklers that don't have timers.

* Consider delaying the seeding or sodding of new lawns.

* Golf courses and athletic fields shall attempt to reduce water consumption by 50%.

* While waiting for water to get hot, catch running water from sink and tub faucets and use for animals to drink or to water plants.

* Use a broom instead of water to wash down sidewalks, patios, and driveways.

* Do not fill empty swimming pools or wading pools.

* Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket. Put tissues and trash in a trash can.

* Limit toilet flushes.

* Use disposable & biodegradable dishes where possible.

* Be ready to catch rainfall that occurs. Place containers under drain spouts.

* Use pistol-grip nozzles on hoses to avoid waste when watering flowers and shrubs.

* Aerate lawns by punching holes 6 inches apart. This allows water to reach roots rather than run off surfaces.

* Keep sprinkler heads clean to prevent uneven watering.

* Adjust hose to simulate a gentle rain. Sprinklers that produce a fine mist waste water through evaporation.

* Install automatic shut off devices on sprinkler systems.