Monday, July 9, 2012

Conserving water in dry conditions

The heat has abated a bit here in southern Wisconsin but the Badger State is still dealing with near drought conditions in southern Wisconsin. Many are thinking of ways to conserve water. The city of Madison Water Utility has some great ideas:
  • Unless you have a newly sodded or seeded lawn, stop watering it. Established, healthy lawns can survive several weeks of dormancy during summer with little or no water. If your garden needs water, limit loss to evaporation by watering early in the morning or later in the evening. Make sure you are not watering your driveway or the street.
  • Inside the home, operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded, or set the water level for the size of load you are using.
  • Repair leaks in fixtures such as toilets and faucets and avoid letting the water run unnecessarily for other household uses in the kitchen and bathroom. 
The US EPA WaterSense program has some additional ideas:
  • Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you've been lathering up!
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.