Keep your water bill manageable this summer by implementing the following these water conservation tips.
Water Conservation Tips
- Check all faucets for drips. If a drip fills an 8-ounce glass every 15 minutes, it will lose about 180 gallons per month. That's equivalent to 2,160 gallons a year, enough for more than 30 showers or baths. Drips can usually be fixed by replacing inexpensive washers or valve seats.
- Let your grass go dormant during the hot summer months. If you must irrigate, do so in the early morning or late evening to avoid excess evaporation. 1” of water per week is a typical amount. Contact our local Master Gardners for other yard conservation tips and ideas. 319-377-9839.
- Install flow restrictors or other conservation devices on all faucets. With these in the shower alone, you can cut your water use from about 5 to 10 gallons per minute to as low as 1.4 to 3 gallons per minute.
- Wrap exposed indoor and outdoor pipes to prevent breakage in freezing weather.
- Check kitchen cupboards beneath the sink once a week for wet spots or bowed cabinetry.
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator so you don't have to run the tap until the water gets cold enough to drink.
- Only run full loads in your dishwasher.
- Check grout and tiles in shower area. Are any loose? Is grout missing, allowing water to flow beneath the tiles?
- Check toilets for leaks. Drop a teaspoon of food coloring into the tank. If the color appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, have the "flapper" valve replaced.
- Replace older toilets with new ultra-low flush models or put water displacement devices inside every toilet tank. Make them from plastic water bottles weighted down with pebbles. Do not put bricks in your tank; they can dissolve and clog siphon jets.