Best Ways to Save & Drought Tips
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Outdoor Cleaning Best Ways to Save and Drought Tips


The best way to clean outdoors is to get out the broom and sweep. Using the hose to wash down sidewalks, driveways, and pavements is a wasteful and unnecessary practice, especially during a drought.

Your garden hose can use more than 10 gallons of water per minute. You can minimize water waste with the following tips:

  • Use a spray nozzle with a cutoff handle on your hose so water doesn't flow continuously
  • Check your hose connections often for leaks. Place a hose washer between the hose bib and the hose to eliminate leaks in that area.
  • Rake and sweep leaves -- don't hose them away
  • Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water

During a drought you should completely avoid washing your car with a hose at home. If your car desperately needs a bath, take it to a car wash that recycles water. You could also use some old rags and a bucket of water to do the job with much less water waste.








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