Thursday, October 18, 2007

Conserve Water

I found this link of 50 easy ways to conserve water. Here are just the first five. I know that expecially in California there is a HUGE water crisis (lack of rain, no where to get fresh water from near by, etc), but I think we can all do our part of help conserve water.

1. Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or for cleaning.

2. Verify that your home is leak free. Many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year. This adds to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or can strain your septic system.

4. Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

5. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)

Check out the other 45 EASY ways here.

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