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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.


In the Bathroom

  • Replace older plumbing fixtures with newer, low-flow models or install water-saving devices, such as faucet aerators.
  • Place a water-filled bottle or brick in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water needed to fill it.
  • Put 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.
  • Check tub and sink faucets for drips and replace washers and “O-rings” as necessary.
  • Turn off all water to your home and look at the readout dial on your water meter. If the dial moves, you have a leak.
  • Check pipes coming into the house for leaks and have them repaired immediately. Don’t forget to check outside faucets and garden hoses.
  • Turn off water while lathering, shampooing, shaving and brushing your teeth.
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, and then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Time your shower to keep it as short as possible.
  • Collect water from the bath/shower while waiting for it to heat up and use it to water plants.


In the Kitchen

  • Run washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads to maximize efficiency.
  • Avoid using sink disposals for food scraps. Composting food scraps is much more economical than using a garbage disposal.
  • Don’t 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.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks.
  • Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
  • Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan.


Reuse and recycle

  • Catch rainwater from your gutters with a rain barrel and use it to water your flowers and vegetables.
  • Collect natural water with a rain barrel for car washing.



  • Take 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:
  • Use dry cleanup methods to reduce both indoor and outdoor water use.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
  • Set lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slow down evaporation.



  • Put up signs around your home and office to remind others to conserve water.








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