Back-To-School Water Saving Tips
It’s back-to-school time for most of us in Arizona so that means busy mornings of trying to get everyone dressed and out the door on time.
Wondering how you can save water on busy mornings during the school year? Here are some tips for the whole family.
Cut down on bathing times
Time showers to keep them under five minutes to save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month.
Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water! Encourage family members to shower instead.
Turn the water off…
When you’re brushing your teeth
When you’re lathering your hair and
When you’re soaping up your hands.
Just by turning the water off when you brush your teeth saves up to 4 gallons per minute—that’s 200 gallons per week!
Also make sure that children are turning the sink faucet all the way off when they’re done.
Check your plumbing
Is your toilet flushing properly and in one flush?
Do you have any sink or toilet leaks? Also check hoses, connectors and your outdoor drip system for leaks.
Do you have a drip somewhere? One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day!
Fix small issues quickly to avoid bigger problems when life gets even busier in a few months.
Save water in the house
When you wash dishes by hand, use a basin with wash water and a basin with rinse water.
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge to you’re not letting any water go down the drain.
When you’re doing laundry, match the water level to the load size.
Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full to save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
Save water outside the house
Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water when you wash your car to save 100 gallons each time.
Wash your pets outdoors in an area of the yard that needs the water.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways.