Water Conservation Tips for Summer
The hot weather of summer is fast approaching and, with it, increased water consumption. Reducing water consumption at home during the summer is important to keep utility bills lower and lessen the environmental impact of high levels of water flowing through city sewer systems–carrying pollutants into streams, lakes, and rivers. During the hot summers, water consumption rises in large part to keep lawns and gardens green. While a spike in water use is perfectly normal and not inherently negative, reducing water consumption is still a responsible ideal which more people could embrace if they knew how easy it can be. Here are a few simple tips.
Check Plumbing for Leaks
Even the smallest leaks in plumbing can waste huge amounts of water. Up to 30 gallons of water per day can be wasted in small leaks. Larger leaks can drain even more water. Faucets, toilets, and pipes should be inspected for leaks fairly regularly since many leaks go unnoticed until a spike in water usage or noticeable water damage sparks awareness. Obvious dripping or water damage are indicators of a leak. If you find a leak, address it immediately to prevent further water waste and damages.
Install Water Saving Showerheads
Water conserving showerheads are an easy and convenient way to save water. These showerheads can use up to 2.5 gallons per minute less than ordinary showerheads. This may be a good incentive to take shorter showers as well since 20-40 gallons of water can be wasted in just a 5 minute shower. Reducing shower time and installing water conserving showheads can effectively lower your water bill and lessen your home’s ecological impact from water consumption.
Retain Outdoor Water
During the summer, the bulk of water consumption comes from outdoor uses. Retaining water outside is one way in which you can conserve some water during high temperatures. In gardens, consider utilizing mulch to retain moisture in the soil after watering and allow water to fully absorb into the soil before watering more. Also, consider watering the lawn in the early morning or late evening during the summer when temperatures are cooler and water doesn’t evaporate as quickly. You can also water by hand with a hose rather than use a timed sprinkler system and water lawns every 4-7 days during the hottest weather. If you wash vehicles at home, do so on the lawn to prevent water runoff on concrete.