7 Home Water Conservation Tips

7 Home Water Conservation Tips
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    Water shortages have been felt the world over, offering a frightening glimpse locally on what could happen if we do not manage our water distribution network carefully.

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That network begins at the local level with homeowners employing and advancing smart home water conservation methods.

1. Water early and only as needed.

Your lawn and garden areas need water, but water is often wasted by mismanaging its distribution. Avoid evaporation by watering early and by not watering on windy days. Give your yard a thorough soaking to help the root system establish itself. Avoid water run off too. Inspect your water sprinkler system to ensure that it is working optimally with no leaks.

2. Fill your garden with drought tolerant species.

Native plant species are best for where you live. These plants have been acclimated to local growing, water and soil conditions and are also insect resistant. Choose drought tolerant plants to minimize watering while maximizing visual appeal.

3. Tap your compost system.

If you compost yard and kitchen waste, broken down matter can invigorate your plants and trees. Place mulch in your gardens and around trees and shrubs, to a thickness of two to four inches. Mulch helps your greenery retain water, making better use of the water as distributed.

4. Install a rain management system.

Your gutters do a terrific job of catching water. Where does rain go when it travels through the downspout? Likely, wherever it wants to go! You can manage water distribution wisely by installing a rain management system with barrels strategically attached to each downspout. When the barrels fill with rainwater, use it to replenish your gardens.

5. Clean with a broom, avoid using water.

Clean off sidewalks and driveways with a broom or a leaf vacuum, avoiding using water. Once annually, thoroughly clean your driveway with a hose and a stiff brush, but do not make this habit with your regular clean up.

6. Use your dishwasher with care.

Run your dishwasher only when it is full to put some intervals between dish cleaning. Avoid using the dishwasher’s pre-rinse and rinse-hold features. Instead, opt for air-dry to compete the dishwashing and drying cycle.

7. Install water flow devices.

It is easy to waste water without much thought. Toilets can leak, pipes can drip and faucets may run even when shut off. You can control excess water flow by installing devices that regulate water distribution. Low-flow shower heads, aerators and tank banks can reduce water consumption effortlessly.

Conservation Considerations

You can save water in many other ways as well. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid wasting tap water you’re waiting to cool down. Insulate your water pipes to help get hot water faster and take the shortest possible showers to preserve water. Once you have employed these and other water conservation strategies, review your water bills to track consumption and to see where you have saved.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".