19 Jun 2014

Summer Water Conservation Tips

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June 21 marks the official start to Summer 2014, but we’ve been feeling the hot weather around here for a while now. Summertime is typically the most popular time to use – and overuse – our water resources. Whether you’re keeping your grass alive, feeding your crops, or filling up your pool, all of us tend to use more water in the summer than in any other season.

 

C&J Well Company shares some tips for conserving your private well or municipal water supplies in a number of ways during this hot season.

 

Yard/Garden

  •  Traditional garden hoses waste a lot of water every time they’re turned on. Ditch that old hose for a more efficient soaker hose or an adjustable watering wand.
  • Water in the morning, whenever possible. Watering when it’s still cool outside helps that water soak into the ground and potting soil with less evaporation. AM watering allows your plants to absorb water throughout the day. PM watering promotes fungal growth and other issues.
  • Grass and most outdoor plants are pretty resilient to Mother Nature. Overwatering is another common way to waste water. Learn how your grass and garden react to dry conditions, and be able to spot the signs of thirst, along with the signs of drowning.

 

In the Home

  •  Regularly inspect your home’s plumbing. Checking pipes, fixtures, and faucets on a regular basis helps you spot leaks sooner, meaning less wasted water, and smaller utility bills if you rely on municipal water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a one-drip-per-minute leak from a single faucet wastes 34 gallons of water in a year! Try out this USGS drip calculator to see how much water you may be wasting: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/sc4.html
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets. Low-flow fixtures used to get a bad rap for being woefully inadequate, but with today’s technology, these devices perform just like normal fixtures while employing even more water efficiency.
  • Wash only full loads in your dish and clothes washers. These two appliances use a lot of water to get the job done, so make sure to only run them at full capacity.

 

Other Considerations

  •  Ask your employer to publish your company’s monthly water use (or do it yourself if you are an owner/manager), and encourage all employees to consider their own water usage habits. Everybody can probably identify a way or two to conserve water at work.
  • Grab a broom instead of a garden hose to clean sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways.
  • Keep track of forecasts, and sync your daily water habits with the weather. Why water your home or office landscaping in the morning, when it’s supposed to rain that day?

 

These are only a few of the many, many ways you can conserve water at home, at work, and everywhere you go every day. For more tips and solutions for water efficiency, contact C&J Well Company today. We are Central Indiana’s trusted source for well and municipal water management, maintenance, and treatment. We can help you reach your goals for greater water efficiency!