Lowering water usage helps lower your water bill, helps conserve our precious water supplies and helps the environment.
Key strategies for reducing water usage:
- Fix all leaks.
- Dripping taps can waste as much as 60 gallons a day!
- A running toilet can leak much more
- Install low-flush toilets. Flush less often
- Run only full loads in dishwashers and laundry washers.
- Do not let taps run free
- Use tubs or basins to wash dishes and vegetables
- Shut tap off while brushing teeth, shaving, or washing hands
- Keep showers short. Use low-flow shower heads. If bathing, try 1/4 tub only
- Collect shower water in a bucket for use in the garden
- Install a rain-barrel or a rainwater harvesting system for garden and outside uses
- Inform guests from the mainland of our limited water supplies
- Water by hand. No sprinkling.
- Turn automated drip watering systems off when it rains.
- Use smart landscaping – avoid lawns, use drought tolerant plants, put mulch on planters to retain water
- Let lawns go “golden” in the summer
Avoid covering your property with hard surfaces such as asphalt and concrete. Use of gravel, or ground cover allows water to seep into the ground and reach the aquifer instead of running off to the ocean.
NOTE TO LANDOWNERS – CHECK FOR LEAKS
Regularly check your water line, garden systems, house piping and toilets for leaks. A good check is to read your meter before you go to bed. Read again in the morning before you flush the toilet and compare results.
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