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Conservation tips

There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. The following ideas are from the folks at "Water, Use it Wisely". Visit their site for even more strategies on water management and conservation in your home.


For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.


When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.


Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.


Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.


Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.


Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.


Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.


Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.