We all know water is a precious resource and especially in the desert, where we live. Water is essential to our everyday lives. That said, it is important that we do our part in conserving and protecting our water supply. Look at our neighbors in California who are experiencing many hardships due to scarcity of water.
We can make simple changes to our water consumption that can have a great impact on our lives and the environment. Here are ways we all can help our water conservation:
- In Greater Phoenix, outdoor water use accounts for approximately 70% of our household water use.
- Swimming pools can lose up to 15,000 gallons of water every year due to evaporation.
- Cover your pool when it is not in use to save on evaporation.
- Check your pool for leaks and repair them quickly.
- Conserve water with a variable-speed pool pump.
Inside the home, there are numerous ways to save on water usage:
- Careful not to let excess water run from faucets and showers.
- Reuse water from cooking and rinsing.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water, rather than running excess water from the tap.
- Water houseplants or outdoor plants with re-purposed water from the kitchen and bath.
In the bathroom: showers, toilets and faucets can waste up to 30% of indoor water. Conserve on the amount of water you run while showering and washing in morning and evenings. It all adds up.
- Install water-efficient faucets, shower heads and toilets.
- Take shorter showers and use less bathwater in the tub.
- You can collect cold bath water or shower water for watering plants.
In the laundry room, older washers can use up to 50 gallons of water, and newer Energy Star washers only use 18-20 gallons per load.
- Adjust water level to the size load for greater efficiency.
- Wash clothes in cold water for energy savings.
- Check washing machine hoses for leaks and replace them immediately.
Now, these water-saving tips are easy enough for us to each go out and make a difference.
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