Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Water Conservation Tips

Small Conservation tips add up. Just think how much water is being wasted because people forget or don't think abou the precious water runnding down the drain.

Check out these tips from the North Bay Natural Pages to ensure you are doing everything you can to save water:

  • Wash your dishes in a sink or basin of water, instead of washing them under a running tyab in an unplugged sink.
  • Use your dirty dishwater and any other "brown water" you accumulate to water your plants (use natural dishwashing detergent and other cleaning products).
  • Turn off the tap while youbrush your teeth, shave, or soap your hands.
  • Flush your toilet only after several uses.
  • Install a low-flush toilet to reduce the water needed to fill it.
  • Turn off the shower while you shampoo your hair and soap up, and keep your showers short.
  • Sweep your sidewalk or deck instead of spraying it down with a hose.
  • Avoid leaving a water faucet or hose running; use a shut-off nozzel on the end of all hoses.
  • If you wash your car and animal companions, do it on the grass so the water isn't wasted.
  • Consider alternative landscaping to lawns that need watering; plant drought-resistant native plants.
  • Use mulch around your plants to help retain moisture.
  • Use rain barrels to collect rainwater for watering your plants.
  • Educate your children on how important it is to save water and show them how they can help.

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