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HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU REALLY USE? DO YOU USE WATER EFFECTIVELY?

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Water efficiency plays an important role in protecting water sources and improving water quality. Using water-saving techniques such as replacing appliances like dishwasher and inefficient fixtures such as toilets and showerheads, you can save a substantial amount each year in water, sewage, and energy costs. There are many other ways to save water in and around your home. Here are the five that might get the best results:

  1. Stop Leaks:
    • Many silent leaks allow water and your money to go down the drain. Studies have shown homes can waste more than 10% due leaking.
    • Another large water waster can be leaks in your irrigation system. If you have an older irrigation system, over 50% and even more than 75% of the water can be lost to leaks

  2. Replace Old Toilets with models that use 1.6 gallons or less per flush:
    • If your home was built before 1992 and the toilet has never been replaced, then it is very likely that you do not have a water efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. You can check the date stamp inside the toilet by lifting the lid and looking at the back of the toilet at the manufacturer's imprint of the make, model and date of manufacture.

  3. Replace Old Clothes Washers with EPA Energy Star certified models:
    • Energy Star™ rated washers that also have a Water Factor at or lower than 9.5, use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load.

  4. Plant the Right Plants with Proper Landscape Design & Irrigation
    • Select plants that are appropriate for your local climate conditions. Having yard with 100% lawn turf area in a dry desert climate uses significant amounts of water.

  5. Water Only What Your Plants Need
    • Make sure your irrigation controller has a rain shutoff device and that it's appropriately scheduled. Most water is wasted in months prior to or just after the rainy season when intermittent rains occur.

If the cost of water is rising, it is possible that suppliers meet the needs of aging infrastructure, comply with public health standards, and expand service areas. In most cases, these increasing costs have caused water suppliers to raise their rates. By using water-saving techniques, you can help reduce household water and waster water use, which can have far reaching environmental benefits. Also, Conservation reduces the need to develop new water treatment facilities and new water storage. 

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