Water conservation can be easily adaptable when everyone in the family is aware of its importance and parents take time to teach children simple water-saving methods around the home, making a big difference.
In most homes the toilet uses the most water and the dishwasher uses the least which could be surprising. By making a few changes within the household, a family could save money and work towards a healthier environment at the same time.
Listed below are a few tips to help water conservation become a way of life:
FOR THE HOME
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
- Don’t flush the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
- Check toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in the toilet tank. If without flushing the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, a leak exists and should be repaired immediately.
- Use meter to check for hidden water leaks. Read the house water meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, a leak is present.
- Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.
- Insulate water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. Water will heat faster and avoid wasting water during heat up.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off water after wetting toothbrush.
- Rinse your razor in the sink with a few inches of warm water.
- Use dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.
- Instead of using kitchen sink garbage disposals, consider starting a compost pile as an alternative method of disposing food waste.
- Don’t leave the water running for rinsing when washing dishes by hand. With a double basin sink, fill one with rinse water. For a single basin sink, gather washed dishes in a rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water.
FOR YARD AND GARDEN
- Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth.
- Don’t water paved areas. Position sprinklers to water lawn or garden. Avoid watering on windy days.
- Water lawn only when needed. Gauge the need by stepping on the grass; if it springs back when you move it’s fine. If it stays flat, it’s ready for watering.
- Deep-soak the lawn. Water enough for the moisture to soak to the roots. Light sprinkling can evaporate quickly.
- Water in the morning. Avoid watering during windy days.
- Don’t run the hose while washing the car. Wash with a pail of soapy water. Use the spray hose for rinsing.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings.
For more information contact the City of Milton Public Works Department at 850-983-5400
The City of Milton works with Northwest Florida Water Management District to oversee all consumptive water use within city limits.
This article is an effort by the city to enhance public education and information to promote water conservation and efficiency.
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