10 Ways to Conserve Water Outside Your Home
New Jersey has often been considered a “water-rich” state because we receive a high annual rainfall of about 45 inches per year; however, it is still important to conserve water usage since high customer demand quickly depletes our water reserves. It is important that people think twice about their water use, especially in the summer months when the weather is hot and dry. Pools, sprinklers, hoses, and other outdoor water uses dramatically increase during the summer months.
Conserving water helps everyone: it preserves our aquifers and reservoirs, reduces tax dollars spent on water supply infrastructure, decreases our energy costs, and helps preserve water levels in our lakes, streams, and lakes.
You might not always pay attention to the amount of water you use, but by using these 10 water conservation tips, you can increase your efficiency, aesthetic enjoyment, and energy and water cost savings.
FOLLOW THESE TEN QUICK TIPS TO CONSERVE WATER:
- Plant during the fall and spring, when the watering requirements are lower.
- Water only when necessary. Most lawns only need 1” of water per week.
- Minimize evaporation by watering your plants before dawn or after sunset.
- Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean and to prevent evaporation.
- Check your pool periodically for leaks and be proactive on repairs.
- Consider washing your pet outdoors on the lawn.
- Install gutters and downspouts to collect water, and point them towards trees or plants.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly, where it’s needed.
- Don’t run the water while washing your car. Instead, use a bucket of soapy water.
- Though they aren’t as visible, check for leaks in outside pipes, hoses and faucets.