The Elk Grove Water District website has some easy steps you can take to conserve water in the home:
- When brushing your teeth, turn off the water until you are ready to rinse. It doesn’t have to run the whole time. If you do this when you brush your teeth twice a day, you’ll save more than 700 gallons per year.
- Make sure you tend to leaks in the bathtub or sink. There’s no telling how much water you are wasting if it leaks all the time.
- The worst leaks are usually in your toilet. Water can leak from the tank into the bowl and waste several gallons every year. A new $3 flapper is usually all it takes.
- A water-saving showerhead is also a good way to save money, and most folks can’t even tell the difference. It’s also a good way to boost the pressure in your shower.
- Dishwashers should be used only when fully loaded in order to save money.
- Clothes washers are also an opportunity for saving water. You can adjust the water level down for smaller loads. Don’t forget to do that, or wait until you have a large load to do.
- Outdoor water faucets often get overlooked. Make sure to fix all leaky faucets as soon as you can Replace washers on hoses, sprinklers and other connections outdoors. They are very inexpensive and can pay for themselves the first time you use them.
- As far as watering the yard, do it wisely. Deeper, slower waterings encourage roots to grow deeper and dry out less often. Soaker hoses don’t waste a drop and they won’t blow over to your neighbor’s yard on a windy day. The water also won’t evaporate so quickly.
- If you have an automatic sprinkler, install a cutoff sensor so it won’t run during a rain.