March 9, 2015
- Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it
- Repair dripping faucets and toilets; one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons a year
- Retrofit household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors
- Choose appliances that are water- and/or energy-efficient, such as low-flow toilets
- Don’t run a faucet when I’m not using the water, such as while brushing my teeth
- Only run the dishwasher when it is fully loaded
- Operate clothes washers only when they are full, or set the water level to match the load size
- Plant native and/or drought-resistant grasses, ground cover, shrubs, and trees
- Use a shutoff nozzle on the hose for car washing that can be adjusted to a fine spray
- Avoid over watering my lawn; a heavy rain eliminates the need to water for up to two weeks
- Raise the mower blade to a higher level to hold soil moisture and strengthen the root system.
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