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.
- Let your lawn turn brown. Don't fret—it will revive with cooler weather and rainfall.
- Water your lawn during the early morning or in the evening to avoid mid-day evaporation.
- Water only when your lawn needs it. Deeper, less frequent watering is better for your lawn than frequent light watering and saves water.
- When mowing your lawn, raise the mower blade level to 2-3 inches or more. Longer grass has deeper roots and retains moisture better.
- Leave the cut grass on your lawn to shade it and add nutrients to the soil.
- Mulch your garden to keep soil moist and prevent weed growth
- Add compost in your garden to increase moisture retention.
- Make good use of rain water. Use a rain barrel to capture water from your roof to water your lawn or garden.
- Bring your car to a carwash that recycles water.
- Encourage your neighbors to conserve water too.
Below are some tips on how to save water inside the house.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full.
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave or do dishes.
- Take shorter showers. Don’t fill the tub all the way when taking a bath.
- Use the microwave, a bowl of water, or place frozen food in the refrigerator overnight instead of running the tap to thaw it out.
- Flush toilets only when necessary.
- Find and fix household leaks.
- Install water efficient showerheads- install a 2.5 gallons per minute or less showerhead.
- Install faucet aerators- reduce faucet flow to 1.5-2.5 gallons per minute.
- Install a 1.6 gallon toilet- save up to 5.4 gallons per flush depending on your current toilet model.
- Use a water and energy efficient washing machine.
- 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).
- Choose plants that need less water. Native plants are often a good choice.
- Consider replacing some or all of your lawn with drought tolerant plants or at least more drought tolerant grass.
- Plant a rain garden. Rain gardens not only require less watering and maintenaince, they also prevent polluted runoff from entering streams and rivers.
- Keep the trees in your yard to provide shade