10 Ways to Conserve Water

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10 Ways to Conserve Water

By: Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)

 

See Tips from the Charles River Watershed Alliance (CRWA) on how to conserve water inside and outside your house:

 

Conserve water now 
Below are some tips for conserving water this summer while maintaining a healthy lawn or garden. 

  1. Let your lawn turn brown. Don't fret—it will revive with cooler weather and rainfall. 
  2. Water your lawn during the early morning or in the evening to avoid mid-day evaporation.
  3. Water only when your lawn needs it. Deeper, less frequent watering is better for your lawn than frequent light watering and saves water. 
  4. When mowing your lawn, raise the mower blade level to 2-3 inches or more. Longer grass has deeper roots and retains moisture better. 
  5. Leave the cut grass on your lawn to shade it and add nutrients to the soil. 
  6. Mulch your garden to keep soil moist and prevent weed growth
  7. Add compost in your garden to increase moisture retention.
  8. Make good use of rain water. Use a rain barrel to capture water from your roof to water your lawn or garden.
  9. Bring your car to a carwash that recycles water.
  10. Encourage your neighbors to conserve water too. 

 

Below are some tips on how to save water inside the house.

  1. Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full.
  2. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave or do dishes.
  3. Take shorter showers. Don’t fill the tub all the way when taking a bath.
  4. Use the microwave, a bowl of water, or place frozen food in the refrigerator overnight instead of running the tap to thaw it out.
  5. Flush toilets only when necessary. 
  6. Find and fix household leaks.
  7. Install water efficient showerheads- install a 2.5 gallons per minute or less showerhead.
  8. Install faucet aerators- reduce faucet flow to 1.5-2.5 gallons per minute.
  9. Install a 1.6 gallon toilet- save up to 5.4 gallons per flush depending on your current toilet model.
  10. Use a water and energy efficient washing machine.
  11. Use a high efficiency dishwasher.

 

Next year: Plant a drought tolerant garden or lawn
Keep these suggestions in mind for next fall or spring (summer is not a good time to plant as new plants need extra water).   

 

  1. Choose plants that need less water. Native plants are often a good choice.
  2. Consider replacing some or all of your lawn with drought tolerant plants or at least more drought tolerant grass. 
  3. Plant a rain garden. Rain gardens not only require less watering and maintenaince, they also prevent polluted runoff from entering streams and rivers. 
  4. Keep the trees in your yard to provide shade