Grand Lake Plumbing
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Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:14

5 Water Conserving Tips

Water Conservation

Being close to the source of the Colorado river and lots of mountain snow pack it's easy to forget that fresh water is our most precious resource. However, with more frequent droughts in recent decades, fresh water supplies have become more strained. This means it's more important than ever for all of us to do our part to conserve water.

While installing water saving toilets and low-flow shower heads are important steps to prevent wasting water, there are many other steps you can take. Not only will you help preserve Colorado's most important natural resource, you'll save on your utility bill as well.

Here are 5 Tips to Conserve Water at Home

1. Laundry - Use the clothes washer for full loads, or adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses about 5 extra gallons of water per load.

2. Upgrade to a dual-flush toilet - Installing a dual flush toilet can save an average family 15,000 gallons of water each year. Extra water is available when needed, but for most flushes you’ll reduce the amount of water by 70%, saving a significant amount of water. Existing toilets can be upgraded with a dual flush converter that turns a standard toilet into a dual flush toilet.

3. Fix Water Leaks - Leaking toilets, faucets, showers and leaking pipes can add up to a lot of waste. To see if your house has hidden water leaks, read your home's 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.

4. Collect Water - A lot of water is wasted while waiting for the shower or faucet tap to reach higher temperatures. Instead of letting the water go down the drain, keep a container nearby to collect and save the cold water and use it for watering plants or filling the pet's water bowls. If it's legal in your county, install a rainwater collection barrel outside to capture runoff from your roof. You'll be surprised how much water can collect from a rain shower.

5. Use the Dishwasher - It turns out that washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than using the dishwasher. Newer dishwashers are designed to be very efficient. In fact, the EPA estimates an efficient dishwasher uses half as much water, saving close to 5,000 gallons each year!

Bonus tips:

• Clean off sidewalks and driveways with a broom instead of a hose
• Cover hot tubs and pools to reduce water loss from evaporation
• Compost food waste instead of using your under sink disposal
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