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12 Simple Ways to Save Water (by St. Johns River Water Management District)

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  1. Water your lawn like a winner.
    Watering your lawn in the early morning or early evenings minimize evaporation and waste. Lawns only need watering once every three to five days in the summer and once every seven to 14 days in the winter. A hearty rain can eliminate the need for watering for up to two weeks.
  2. Make tuna cans do double duty
    Lawns only need about one half to ¾ inch of water at a time. To determine how long it takes your irrigation system to put out half an inch of water, place cans around the yard and measure the water collected in half an hour. Spread several cans around your yard to test for even distribution of water.
  3. Sprinkle your yard with care
    Install water-efficient sprinklers and a rain sensor switch to override your system when it rains. Check timing device settings regularly. Install soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems for planting beds with shrubs and flowers. Make sure you are watering your plants and not the street or driveways.
  4. Celebrate your surroundings
    Landscape with drought-tolerant ornamental grasses, plants and trees. Group plants together based on similar water needs. Mulch to retain moisture and reduce weeds.
  5. 5. Avoid buzz cuts and backaches
    Raising your lawn mower blade to its highest setting encourages grass roots to grow deeper and grass blades to hold moisture longer that with a closely clipped lawn. Apply fertilizers sparingly and use fertilizer that contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
  6. Buy a nozzle for the nose of your hose
    Place a shut-off nozzle on your hose to control the flow of water so you only use what you need. Remember to turn the water off at the faucet to prevent leaks.
  7. Save time and save water
    If you don't have a automatic timer on your sprinkler, use a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off the water. left unattended, a garden hose can waste as much as 600 gallons of water in just on hour.
  8. Meet you water meter
    Find out if you have a leak in your home by reading your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the readings are different, you have a leak. If you have a well, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not is use. If it does, you have a leak.
  9. Make a faucet washer a water saver
    Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can waste 20 gallons of water each day. A steady stream of water the size of a pencil can waste from 7,200 to 13,000 gallons of water each day (depending upon water pressure).
  10. Use food coloring to save water
    Detect toilet leaks by removing the lid from the toilet tank, remove any colored cleaning agents, flush to clear water in the bowl, then add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the tank is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. To avoid staining the bowl, flush as soon as the test is complete. A leaky tank can waste 200 gallons of water each day. Replace worn, corroded or bent parts.
  11. Delay household chores
    Run automatic dishwashers only when fully loaded. Set clothes washes to the appropriate water level for the size of load you are washing.
  12. Shower yourself with savings
    By timing your showers to keep them under five minutes and installing low-flow showerheads, you can save water. The older the showerhead, the more water it uses. New showerhead delivers 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Older fixtures can deliver as high as eight gallons per minute.
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