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» Water Conservation

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In order to help the local community exercise smart water conservation practices, here are a few of the many ways to lessen water consumption and water waste:

  • Have a pet at home? Don’t pour the water left in their water bowl down the drain; use it to water potted plants.
  • recent model dish washer will use 5-9 gallons of water, while an older model can use between 10-15 gallons. Remember to only wash full loads.
  • It takes 12,009 gallons of water to raise one pound of meat, while it takes 60 gallons of water to raise one pound of potatoes. Consider participating in Meatless Monday to reduce your water footprint.
  • Turn on the irrigation system and walk around the yard to make sure there are no emitters or sprinkler heads that are broken, clogged, or misaligned. Wasted water can quickly add up over time.
  • If you are using a 1.5 gpm showerhead and reduce your shower time by 1 minute, you’ll save 548 gallons of water a year. If you reduce your shower by 3 minutes, that saves 1,642 gallons of water.
  • Adjust the lawn mower to cut at a height between 1.5 and 2 inches. A taller grass height provides more shade for roots and it holds soil moisture much better than shorter grass.
  • For many more ideas on water conservation in the home, visit the Water- Use it Wisely website.

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