Without a doubt, it is hot outside. The National Weather Services has issued heat advisories for several days in a row, and it doesn’t look like rain will be heading our way anytime soon. Now is an excellent time to become “water smart” and conserve water whenever possible.
Outdoor Conservation Tips
With little to no rain, your grass and plants may need to be watered, but they may not need as much water as you think. Conserve water when outdoors by following these simple tips.
- Only water your yard early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler, and evaporation is minimized.
- Ensure your sprinklers are properly adjusted so that you are watering your yard and not the street or sidewalk.
- Limit the number of times per week you water your lawn. Believe it or not, an established lawn only needs about 1-inch of water per week.
- If you have an automatic sprinkler system, inspect your system often for leaks and be sure to turn your system off when rain is forecasted or install rain sensors.
- Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
Indoor Conservation Tips
With recent stay-at-home mandates, you may have been using more water than you realize. You can easily conserve water indoors by following a few simple tips.
- Inspect your home for leaks. Did you know that an average household leak may account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year? That would be 270 loads of laundry!
- Check for toilet leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and then checking the bowl for color within 10 to 30 minutes without flushing. If the color shows up, then your toilet is leaking.
- Check for faucet leaks by ensuring pipes are tightly connected and that all faucet washers and gaskets are in good condition.
- In the kitchen, save water by only running the dishwasher when it is full and avoid leaving the water running when rinsing dishes.
- In the bathroom, always turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth and consider using a timer when taking showers.
- Save water when doing laundry by only washing full loads or making adjustments to the load settings, so water is not wasted.
- If it is time for some upgrades, consider purchasing water-saving appliances, shower-heads, and/or flow restrictors.
While Seabrook is fortunate to be located in Southeast Texas where rain is abundant and drought is rare, saving water is always a good idea. Be “water smart” this summer and conserve water whenever possible.
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