As Drinking Water Week continues, we are distributing tips to help in conserving our water resources. Because many regions of North America are currently facing drought conditions, it’s important to be mindful of the value of water and avoid waste.
The following conservation tips are available on Drinktap.org:
• Don't over water your lawn. Only water every three to five days in the summer and 10 to 14 days in the winter.
• To prevent water loss from evaporation, don't water your lawn during the hottest part of the day or when it is windy.
• Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.
• Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.
• When washing dishes by hand, use two basins - one for washing and one for rinsing rather than let the water run.
• Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
• If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.
• Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
Our Drip Calculator is also available to help estimate water waste from a leaky or dripping faucet. This online tool can calculate waste for both a dripping faucet and a fast running faucet.
To learn more, visit Drinking Water Week's webpage. To learn more about drinking water, visit Drinktap's water information webpage.