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Water Conservation at Home

By: Jenn Tribble

Spring is almost here, which means warmer weather, brighter days, and getting to work on your yard and garden. As rewarding as a yard of bright green grass and fresh vegetables from your garden can be, lawn care uses a lot of water. In fact, in some parts of the US, outdoor water use at home can account for up to 60% of total home water use! As we head toward warmer weather and more water being used outside, it’s important for all of us to do our part to help conserve water at our houses. Here are a few ways that you can reduce water usage at home, which helps not only the planet but also your monthly water bills!

  • Consider installing a rain barrel. Rain barrels captures water that occurs during rains from your roof and stores it for use outside. Not only does this reduce water you have to pull from the tap, but it’s better for your plants. It also keeps water out of the storm drains and reduces runoff pollution in nearby waterbodies. It’s a win, win, win!
  • Don’t wash your car at home. Car washes uses less water than the at-home method, and some even recycle their water.
  • Repair leaky faucets. Leaks may not look like much, but all that dripping water can add up. Be sure to repair leaky faucets, indoors and outdoors, as soon as you notice them to prevent all that water from going down the drain.

For more water conservation at home tips, check out these Water Conservation Tips for Residents.

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