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15 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVE WATER
 
Helpful conservation tips for you and me!
Conservation should be a year 'round effort,  so here are a few friendly reminders that should be most helpful!
1 Check toilets for leaks. Lift the cover off the back of your toilet, put some food coloring in the toilet tank, don't flush, and wait 10 minutes. If the color appears down in the bowl, you have a leak. You may be wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day.

2 Talk to a grown-up in your household about replacing your old toilet with a low-flow toilet. Ultra low-flush toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

3 Don't use the toilet as a trash can. Every tissue you flush wastes 1.6 to 7 gallons per flush.

4 Put a plastic bottle in the toilet tank so that your toilet uses less water. Put an inch of sand in a quart bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, and put it in your tank, away from the operating mechanism. In the
average home, this may save 5 or more gallons each day.

5 Take shorter showers. Older showerheads use 5 to 10 gallons of water a minute.

6 Help a grown-up install water-saving showerheads in your home. A quality water-saver showerhead provides a great shower, but it uses no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Ask your hardware store for advice.

7 Take baths instead of showers. A partially filled tub uses less water than most showers.

8 Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

9 Check pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste 50 gallons of water a day!

10 Use automatic dishwashers only when you have a full load.

11 Use the washing machine only when you have a full load.

12 Turn off the water while cleaning vegetables. Rinse vegetables in a sink half-filled with water.

13 Keep drinking water in the refrigerator. Stop the wasteful practice of running the tap until you get cool water.

14 If washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you only have one, put clean dishes in a rack, then rinse with a sprayer or in a pan of water.

15 Check faucets for leaks, which waste water 24 hours a day. An inexpensive washer can usually stop leaks.

An Easy Way to Detect Leaks
An easy way to see if you have a leak is to turn off all the water in your house. Then check your water meter, usually located in your yard or near your driveway. The water meter has a small hand like the second hand on a clock. If this sweeping hand is moving, and all your water is off, you have a leak.

 
 
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