Water conservation measures are voluntary ways you can reduce water use, both inside and outside the home, to protect and preserve precious water resources. Globally, water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, so please follow these tips.
To reduce water use in your yard, add mulch to the soil. This helps retain moisture, protects the soil from scorching, and encourages the retention of nutrients.
Colorado residents are permitted to collect up to 110 gallons (or two, 55-gallon drums) of rainwater from their rooftops per home. This free and untreated water can be used for outdoor uses only including watering lawns, gardens and landscaping.
Water overnight or before dawn to avoid evaporation, and when you do water do so infrequently, deeply and thoroughly.
If you want your lawn to stay weed-free, keep the grass long rather than cutting it too short. Taller blades shade the roots, which discourages weed growth. Four inches is the recommended height of grass for optimal water conservation.
Use a trigger-style nozzle on your garden hose to help control the amount of water used for watering and car washing.
If you have a water feature in your garden, use a solar-powered water pump rather than electricity to keep it running.
Remember to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. The water saved during one instance of brushing your teeth is about five gallons.
Fill the sink or turn off the faucet while lathering hands to save one-to- two-gallons of water.
An efficient, five-minute shower uses less than 10 gallons of water.Taking a shower instead of a bath will save 20-to- 30-gallons of water. If you opt for a bath, make it shallow.
When showering, instead of stepping in and out of the water’s flow, turn the water off while you wash or shampoo and turn the water back on to rinse.
Catch water used to rinse fruits and vegetables and use it to water household plants.
Put water in the sink to rinse your razor instead of leaving the water running to save up to 20 gallons of water.
Buy a dual-flush toilet.
Run dishwashers with full loads only. Running half loads is environmentally damaging, uneconomical and won’t save you any additional time.
Water will boil more quickly – and therefore more efficiently – if you place a lid on the pot.
Presoak heavily soiled clothes in a solution of water and baking soda instead of adding more detergent or using hotter water.
When doing laundry, make sure to wash a full load. This may save up to 1,000 gallons of water each month.
Instead of automatically throwing everything you’ve worn once into the laundry pile, only wash clothes that really need it.
Save energy with every wash load – select a cold rinse cycle instead of warm or hot one.