Utah is filled with scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes but it is also one of the driest places in the United States. Most of the water supply comes from mountain snowfall which either flows to aquifers below the ground or is collected in reservoirs.
Luckily, you can take simple measures to make your household in Silver Springs more water-wise. Best of all, most of these tips can be practiced for free.
Turn off the faucet. Make it a habit to turn off the tap when not in use between washing your face, shaving, or rinsing kitchenware. Use a glass of water when brushing your teeth so you don’t have to leave the tap running while you finish.
Take short showers. The typical four-minute shower uses up 30 gallons of clean water. To minimize water consumption, take shorter showers and turn off the shower head in between rinsing your hair or skin.
Check for leaks and have them fixed ASAP. Inspect the plumbing fixtures in your kitchen, bathroom, and garden regularly for leaks and have them repaired as soon as possible. Leaks can lead to water waste and drive up your water bill.
Upgrade to low-flow fixtures. If your plumbing is in excellent condition, consider investing in low-flow faucets, showerheads, and laundry machines. Low-flow fixtures only use as much water as you need for each task or chore. You don’t have to change all your fixtures at once. To keep your spending manageable, you can upgrade to low-flow fixtures one room or area at a time.
Run washers on full load. To conserve water, only run your laundry machine and dishwasher with full loads. This means waiting until you have a full load of clothes, dishes, and utensils before using washers.
Invest in a water-wise garden or landscape. If you’re an avid gardener, you can still conserve water by choosing drought-resistant shrubs and plants that require little water. You can also install mulch to minimize evaporation when you water your plants. Consider planting shade trees to help protect your plants from the sun. Avoid overwatering your plants, which is not only wasteful, but can also damage your plants.
Reconsider lawn maintenance. It’s nice having a large, green lawn but it does take a lot of water to maintain. Choose a property with a smaller lawn or none at all. If you want to have an expansive lawn, invest in weather-based irrigation controllers that override your sprinkler timer on those rare occasions when Utah gets precipitation.
Don’t let water go down the drain. If you still have some water left in your drinking cup or gym bottle, save it for another time. Don’t let precious drinking water go down the drain.
Form water conservation habits. You can take additional measures to minimize water waste. For example, you can collect used faucet or shower water that can be used to water the plants or wash the driveway.
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