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Water is the most precious resource we have on earth. Without water—nothing can survive—unless you're a cactus, of course. Water conservation has become an important topic in the last decade and continues to be an important subject. What most of us don’t realize is that it only takes small changes, to have a big impact.

Simple Ways to practice home water conservation:

  • Repair any leaks in your toilets.
  • To reduce the water required to flush, put a quart plastic bottle of water in the tank and save one quart per flush or adjust the float level.
  • Take showers instead of tub baths and limit shower time to two minutes or less.
  • Install a flow-control device in your showers.
  • Turn off shower water while you apply soap to body, or shampoo and shave.
  • Don’t use your clothes washing machine with less than a full load or use a lower water-level setting.
  • Pretreat stains to avoid rewashing, and use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads.
  • Use a pan of water when peeling and cleaning vegetables and fruits rather than letting the sink tap run.
  • Use the garbage disposal only once per dish washing session.

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  • Don’t run the tap to get cold water. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.
  • Don’t thaw frozen foods with running tap water.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full, and scrape rather than rinse dishes that go in the dishwasher.
  • Use one pan of soapy water and one of hot water for washing dishes by hand.
  • Water the lawn less frequently and only at night to reduce evaporation losses.
  • Install an automatic sprinkler system, which is much more water efficient than hand watering.
  • Water dry areas by hand. Plant drought-resistant plants and trees.
  • Don't water your driveway, sidewalks, or lawn.
  • Use a drip system for gardens, which encourages strong root systems and cuts down on evaporation.
  • Remove weeds promptly—they rob other plants of water.
  • Mow less—mowing puts grass under stress, which makes it need more water.
  • Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and decks. Use a broom.
  • When washing the car, get it wet then turn off the water while you soap the car down. Use the hose only for the final rinse.
  • Turn off all water if you are going to be away from home on a vacation or trip.
  • Mulch shrubs and garden plants to retain moisture in the soil longer.

Replace the following:

  • Your old toilet if it was manufactured before 1992. Newer toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • Your clothes washer. Newer models can use up to 50 percent less water than older ones.

You will be surprised how much water you can save by putting into practice even a few of the ideas listed. This is good news for not only the earth, but your wallet!

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