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Water Conservation

7 ways to save water OUTSIDE your home:

  1. Check your water systems for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucet and couplings. An under-performing water heater may actually be a leak elsewhere in your home (happened to me twice).
  2. If you have water and/or sprinkler timers, make sure that they are turning on and off according to the programmed intervals.
  3. Use efficient water systems for trees, plants and shrubs. In other words, drip irrigation.
  4. Water only during off periods of the day. Night is best, less evaporation.
  5. Do not water during windy conditions.
  6. Deep soak your lawn vs. a light sprinkling and water only when needed.
  7. Put a layer of mulch around your trees and plants. This will allow for a slow evaporation of moisture.

While Arizona is not talking about strict water rationing, we should be concerned and aware about potential shortages. It is always important to be prepared and informed to support the conservation effort. So we have compiled 7 keys areas where you can be proactive and or cut back both inside and outside of your home.


7 ways to save water INSIDE your home:

  1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A dripping faucet can drip at 20 gallons per day!
  2. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or waster basket. Some toilets use 3 gallons per flush.
  3. Check your toilet for leaks. Food coloring in the tank will tell the story.
  4. Read the water meter going into the house. With all faucets, toilets and watering systems turned off, the water meter reading should stay the same. If not, you have a leak.
  5. Install water saving shower heads or low volume aerators.
  6. Install low volume toilets or change out the flush valve to a more efficient model.
  7. Insulate water pipes and/or install a water heater recirculating pump.