Save money, save water – and help save the Earth
The average person uses 80-100 gallons of water every day. Consider all of the things that you use water for: bathing, cooking, washing, recreation, and drinking. Yes, 71% of Earth is covered by water, but only 3% of the planet’s water is fresh water, and less than 1% is available for drinking.
There are several reasons why it’s important to conserve this vital resource. Water conservation helps:
- minimize the effects of droughts and water shortages
- guard against rising costs and political conflict
- preserve our environment and protect our ecosystem and wildlife
- make water available for recreational purposes
- build safe and beautiful communities
To help our water customers save money – and water – the City of Rehoboth Beach has collected several tips from various conservation websites.
In the bathroom
- Check all faucets, pipes, and toilets periodically for leaks. Check your flapper periodically, too, to make sure it’s fitting tight.
- Install low-flow, high-efficiency toilets and faucet aerators as well as water-saving shower heads.
- Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Take shorter showers (5 minutes max) or a bath. Or consider turning off the water while soaping and scrubbing and turning it back on briefly to rinse.
- Turn the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- When washing your hands, turn off the water while you lather.
In the kitchen and laundry
- Only run the washing machine when it’s full or select the proper water level for each load.
- A front-loading washer uses 1/3 less water than a top-loading machine.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s full, and if your dishwasher has it, use the water-saver cycle.
- Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.
- Rinse dishes in a pan rather than under running water
- Defrost food in the refrigerator rather than running it under water.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator, that way you don’t have to run the tap water until it cools.
- Minimize use of the garbage disposal.
- Water your lawn only when it needs it – rainfall reduces the need for watering. Step on the grass and then move your foot, if the grass springs back, it doesn’t need water.
- When you do water your lawn, water it for long enough for water to seep into the roots.
- Water in the cool parts of the day, and early morning is better than dusk.
- Use an automatic irrigation system.
- Do not water the pavement.
- Spot-water the drier areas of your yard rather than the entire yard.
- Consider drip irrigation systems around trees and shrubs.
- Weed your lawn. Weeds are water thieves.
- Be willing to live with a less lush lawn.
- Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
- Mow as infrequently as possible and never remove more than 1/3 off the leaf blade in one mowing.
- Plant drought-resistant shrubs and trees.
- Use a broom – not a hose – to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps.
- Reuse rainwater by capturing it in a rain barrel or cistern.
- When giving pets fresh water, use the old water on plants instead of pouring it down the drain.
- Use a bucket of water to wash your dog or family car; don’t leave the hose running. Or take your car to a commercial carwash.
- Encourage children to find another way to play rather than with a hose or sprinkler.
- Monitor your water bill. Unusually high usage may indicate a leak.