How to Conserve Water This Summer
Check for Leaks
If you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing, you’re wasting gallons of water per day. A simple way to detect a leak is to check your water meter (do this before a period of time in which your household will not be using any water). Check the meter again at least a couple hours later. If the reading has changed, you know there’s a leak somewhere.
Leaks can happen all throughout your plumbing system. Be sure to check toilets, faucets, and visible pipes. Don’t forget to inspect hoses and faucets on the outside of your house as well. If you know there’s a leak but can’t find it, call for an experienced plumber from EZ Plumbing.
Faucet aerators are attached to the ends of faucets and deliver a mix of water and air. Aerators prevent splashing, and shape the flow of water. Most importantly, aerators maintain wetting ability while using less water than traditional faucets. Most modern sinks already have aerators installed, but if yours don’t, you can buy some at your local hardware store.
Switch to Low-Flow
You can make your showers and toilets use less water by installing low-flow equipment. Low-flow showerheads are inexpensive and easy to set up. They use fewer liters of water per minute than regular showerheads.
Low-flow toilets use about 6 liters or less per flush, as opposed to about 13 liters used per flush by normal toilets. Certain low-flow toilets have either a single flush or dual flush options that would allow you to allocate your water usage accordingly.
Watch How You Water Your Lawn
There are several techniques you can use when watering your lawn to reduce waste:
- Make sure your sprinklers are directed toward the grass, not the pavement or the street.
- Water more effectively by doing it either early in the morning or late in the evening. This way, there’s less evaporation.
- Water only when your grass needs it.
- Soak your lawn so that more water gets down to the grass roots. This method may seem counterintuitive, as it uses more water at first.
- However, the more water that reaches the grass roots, the less often you’ll need to water.
Both your community and the planet will thank you for conserving water this summer. If you think any part of your plumbing system is not operating effectively, give EZ Plumbing a call today.