Wednesday, 24 October 2007 06:18
The following tips were sent to meteorologists statewide as part of Governor Mike Easley's water conservation initiative.
As the Governor has directed,
people should stop non-essential uses of water such as watering lawns and
washing houses, sidewalks and automobiles.
older plumbing fixtures with newer, low-flow models or install water-saving
devices, such as faucet aerators.
a water-filled bottle or brick in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water
needed to fill it.
food coloring in your toilet tank and watch if the coloring shows up in the
toilet bowl before flushing. If so, replace the leaking flap.
tub and sink faucets for drips and replace washers and “O-rings” as necessary.
off all water to your home and look at the readout dial on your water meter. If
the dial moves, you have a leak.
pipes coming into the house for leaks and have them repaired immediately. Don’t
forget to check outside faucets and garden hoses.
off water while lathering, shampooing, shaving and brushing your teeth.
the bathtub before turning the water on, and then adjust the temperature as the
tub fills up.
showers instead of baths.
your shower to keep it as short as possible.
water from the bath/shower while waiting for it to heat up and use it to water
washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads to maximize efficiency.
using sink disposals for food scraps. Composting food scraps is much more
economical than using a garbage disposal.
rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, or use a pan of water in the
sink and re-use the water as long as possible.
washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse
washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This
minimizes rinse water needed.
a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold
defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen
items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or
rainwater from your gutters with a rain barrel and use it to water your flowers
natural water with a rain barrel for car washing.
time to locate your main water shut-off valve and the water meter in your yard.
For instructions on how to read your water meter, go to:
dry cleanup methods to reduce both indoor and outdoor water use.
a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation.
a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel
slow down evaporation.
up signs around your home and office to remind others to conserve