Since California is in a severe drought, it is important to conserve water, especially in the spring and summer. Fresno has it’s regulations with only two lawn waterings per week. Even with these regulations, more water can be saved through simple steps. Here are a few of them:
- Use the Dishwasher
- Check for Leaks
- Shorten Your Showers
- Use Mulch
- Set the Timer
- Redo Your Landscape
While it may seem like you’re saving water by hand washing those dishes, it is actually using an average of 27 gallons of water as opposed to 3 gallons of water with the dishwasher. To have the maximum amount of water savings, scrape the food off of plates instead of rinsing and let the dishwasher do the job.
To check your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of dye or a dye tablet in your toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl then your toilet is leaking. Check all the faucets in the house for drip leaks. A faucet leaking one drop per second wastes about 2,700 gallons of water per year. Leaks never heal themselves so get them fixed right away.
Shortening your shower by just two minutes every day can save up to 1,750 gallons of water per person in your household each year. Another way to save water is to put a bucket under the water while your shower is warming up and use the excess water to water your plants.
By putting mulch down around your landscaping, it creates a barrier from the hot sun to the soil. It maximizes the efforts of you watering, making the soil retain its moisture for much longer.
When watering your lawn, it’s important to have your sprinklers on a timer. Water evaporates very quickly in the heat of the day so it is best to water your lawn in the early mornings when it is still cool. You can water your lawn at night but there’s is a chance that fungus and mildew will grow as a result.
Redo your landscape with native plants because they are equipped to handle the region’s normal level of rainfall. During the summer you won’t have to water as much as you would with non-native plants.
These are just a few of the ways you can save water this summer.
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