During the summer, we spend a lot of our recreation time in water, around water, and sometimes under water. Amongst all of the splashing, relaxing, and all out fun, have we ever stopped to think about how much water we actually use? Water Conservation is both important to our wallets and our environment. Water conservation is making a conscious choice to monitor water usage and save gallons at the faucet and hundreds on utility bills.
When we use water, our mind is not on the consumption of water but more on the task at hand. Being mindful of how much water we use is simple and can be done rather easily. Taking shorter showers and only running our dishwashers when there is a full load could save water and a few dollars. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind this summer when you are tempted to water your lawn, wash your car, or let the kids play with the sprinklers.
• Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
• Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute.
• Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output; ¾ to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.
• One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and shower heads for leaks.
• When washing your car, go to a commercial car wash. By doing this, you also eliminate the chance of getting unwanted debris or chemicals in the city’s street drains.
• Use buckets to catch rain to water inside plants instead of using water from the faucet.
These are some simple steps we all can take to ensure that we maintain our water supply. Water Conservation is something we all can do with very little effort. By decreasing our shower time by a few minutes, we can save gallons a month. Remember, every drop of water we use is running through the meter. Every drop that runs through the meter is being added to the water bill. We, at the City of Monroe, want to remind our citizens that we are making a conscious effort to educate our citizens about energy consumption. On June 5, 2014, we had a Citizen’s Workshop on water conservation. We will continue to do these workshops as long as there is a need. All of the information that was shared at the workshop, as well as more on water conservation, can be found on the Monroega.com website. Also, find information on the water meter replacement program on the Monroega.com website as well. And remember that every drop of water we use counts, so use water wisely.