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Water Conservation In and Around Your Home

Water conservation is in important practice in a variety of regions around the world. It does not matter if water appears to be in abundant supply in the area where you reside. Implementing water conserving techniques in and around your home can help to save money on utility bills, reduce pollution resulting from leaks and help septic systems run better and last longer.

Average water use in a typical home:

*The percentage of water use is based on an all year average.
Source: American Water Works Association Research Foundation, “Residential End Uses of Water,” 1999.

Above: Toilets, showers, and clothes washers typically use the most water in a home. Leaks can consume almost as much as faucets.

Check out: Top 5 Actions to discover some of the best ways to save water.

Indoor Water Conservation

It is important to make it a routine to check pipes and appliances inside your home for leaks. A small leak in an appliance or pipework can result in water loss of up to 10% and be expensive for you and detrimental to the surrounding environment. Meters should be monitored to help detect leaks and save money.

Try reading your meter before any water is used in the home and then again after a one or two hour time frame when water is not being utilized. This will give you an idea of how much water is being consumed in your home. A water bill that skyrockets from one month to the next could be a sign you have a leak somewhere in your home. Check your indoor water using appliances and devices for leaks. Check out our Leak Detection and Plumbing sections.

In addition to checking for leaks, you should always be conscious of how you use water inside your home. Never let the water run while you are brushing your teeth, cooking, shaving or washing dishes.

Instead of having a constant stream of water flowing while cooking, you should put some water in the sink to rinse vegetables and you can also do the same when washing dishes and shaving. Also everyone in the home should take short showers and only run the washing machine and dishwasher when full. Implementing these strategies can save water and money in your home.

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Outdoor Water Conservation

A great deal of water can be wasted outside the home depending on how and when water is used. Irrigation systems should be checked during daylight hours for leaks and old, outdated systems should be replaced with energy efficient models. Lawns should be watered during the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (before dawn is best) and in short intervals. This will allow water to seep into the ground and it will not evaporate into the hot, afternoon sun.

By planting drought-resistant lawns and plants outside your home you reduce the need to water them on a constant basis. There are numerous plants and shrubs that will thrive and grow with limited watering. If you are unsure which plants to select, consult a local lawn and garden center near your home. You can also save water used indoors for washing vegetables to water your outdoor plants. You may find useful information by browsing through our Landscaping section.