1 Ten ways that will save the most: 1. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set your sprinklers for more days in between - 1,500 gallons per month. Better yet, especially in times of drought, watering. Saves 750 water with a hose. 2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Saves 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped. 3. Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two - car family that's up to 1,200 . gallons a month. - 4. Install water Saves 500 to 800 gallons per saving shower heads or flow restrictors. month. 5. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons per month. save up to 700 gallons 6. Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can per month. 7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's an 600 gallons a month. more th 8. Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Saves 400 to 600 gallons per month. 9. Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the our garden. Saves 200 to 300 flow in a watering can to use later on house plants or y gallons per month. 10. Don't water the sidewalks, driveway or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs -- and only there. Saves 500 gallons per month.
2 In the bathroom: a plastic bottle or a plastic bag weighted with pebbles and filled with water in your 1. Put toilet tank. Displacing water in this manner allows you to use less water with each flush. a day. That's a month, even more for la rge Saves 5 to 10 gallons up to 300 gallons guzzling five to seven families. Better yet, for even greater savings, replace your water - gallon a flush toilet with a three and a half gallon, low flush, or one and a half gallon, - low flush model. ultra 2. If you're taking a shower, don't waste cold w ater while waiting for hot water to reach the shower head. Catch that water in a container to use on your outside plants or to flush your toilet. a month. Saves 200 to 300 gallons 3. Check toilet for leaks. Put dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. I f color appears in Saves 400 gallons a the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired. month. Saves three gallons 4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. each day. 5. Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor. Saves three gallons each day. In the kitchen and laundry: -- -- don't leave the water running for 1. If you wash dishes by hand and that's the best way If you only have one sink, use a rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. Saves 200 to 500 gallons a spray device or short blasts instead of letting the water run. month. 2. When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. Saves 50 to 15 0 gallons a month. 3. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of Saves 200 to 300 gallons a month. running tap water to cool it for drinking. 4. Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month. 5. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan. Saves 150 to 250 gallons a month.
3 6. Use the g arbage disposal less and the garbage more (even better compost!). Saves 50 -- a month. to 150 gallons Outside: 1. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slows down evaporation. Saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month. . If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation. It will also keep your 2 Saves 1,000 gallons a month. pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals. 3. Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning is better than dusk since it helps Saves 300 gallons prevent the growth of fungus. . 4. Don't water the lawn on windy days. There's too much evaporation. Can waste up to in one watering. 300 gallons 5. Cut down watering on cool and overcast days and don't water in the rain. Adjust or d eactivate automatic sprinklers. Can save up to 300 gallons each time. 6. Set lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation. Saves 500 to 1,500 gallons each month. 7. Have an evaporative air conditioner? Direct the water drain line to a flower bed, tree base, or lawn. 8. Drive your car onto a lawn to wash it. Rinse water can help water the grass. Saves 10 gallons a minute. 9. Tell your children not to play with the garden hose. 10. If you allow your children to play in the sprinkler s, make sure it's only when you're watering the yard -- if it's not too cool at that time of day. 11. Xeriscape -- replace your lawn and high - water - using trees and plants with less thirsty ones. But do this only in wet years. Even drought resistant plantings t ake extra water to get them going. That'll save 750 to 1,500 gallons a month. 12. When taking your car to a car wash -- a good idea for saving water -- be sure it's one of the many that recycles its wash water. 13. Dispose of hazardous materials properly! One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply. Contact your city or county for proper waste disposal options .
4 While Shopping sential ingredient in most manufacturing operations. Especially for those 1 Water is an es - consumption class, cutting down on our purchases of material billion of us in the high things -- from clothes and shoes to paper and appliances -- conserves and protects water as effectively as installing a low - supplies As with so many natural flush toilet does. resources, as long as prices in the marketplace fail to reflect full social and ecological est costs, voluntary changes in consumption patterns will play an important role in the qu for sustainability. A kilogram (2.2 lbs) of hamburger or steak produced by a typical California beef cattle operation, for instance, uses some 20,500 liters (5,400 gal.) of water. We rarely think about water when we see an automobile, for example, but producing a typical U.S. car requires more than 50 times its weight in water (39,090 gallons)! It takes 44 gallons of water to refine one gallon of crude oil. Producing 1 serving (4.3 oz.) of tomatoes requires 8 gallons of water. Producing 1 serving (4. 6 oz.) of oranges requires 14 gallons of water. Producing 1 serving (2 oz.) of pasta requires 36 gallons of water. Producing 1 serving (8 fl. oz.) of milk requires 48 gallons of water. Producing 1 serving (8 oz.) of chicken requires 330 gallons of water .
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