5 At-Home Water Conservation Tips

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Water conservation has never been more important to the general public. Fortunately, in addition to well water treatment systems, households can undertake several different strategies in order to save water. By practicing these simple concepts, people can save money on water use and protect an important natural resource:

Rain Barrels Save Water
The first conservation tip to save water is to set up rain barrels to catch water runoff. Many companies sell food-grade barrels that are safe for storing water. Barrels come in various sizes. The barrel should have a top to keep out debris.

A spigot at the bottom allows easy access to the water. It should be set on leveled cinder blocks to provide stability. Finally, a soaker hose to water a garden is a great final touch. The barrel should be set up to catch water runoff from the roof. This can be done with rain gutters and a piping system that directs this runoff into the barrel.

Pet Drinking Fountains
Many ingenious water systems exist to provide clean and fresh water for a pet. These devices circulate the water and filter it to assure that a dog or cat always has fresh water available. These drinking fountains have a large reservoir that’s filled with water. Because this water is constantly filtered and circulated, there’s no need to fill a water dish everyday.

The pet is ensured a fresh supply of water, and the homeowner saves water by not needing to fill a water dish.

Ornamental Grass
Ornamental grasses eliminate the need for watering and are tolerant of drought. When these types of grass don’t get enough water, they go dormant, which can save thousands of gallons of water over time.

Soaker Hose
The simple soaker hose is ideal for watering gardens. This hose doesn’t spray the water into the air where it’s carried away by the wind or evaporated by the sun. The soaker hose costs the same as a regular hose and can save thousands of gallons of water by targeting the flow of the water stream.

Visit City Hall
Organize your neighbors to attend a water commission meeting, and demand that the commissioners get rid of the flat rate water charge. The flat rate is a minimum service charge tacked onto everyone’s water bill. It’s designed to subsidize businesses and big families that use inordinate amounts of water. This flat rate homeowner subsidy discourages these
two groups from conserving water. Make everyone pay for the water they use because it will encourage water conservation.

These water conservation ideas will lessen the impact on the environment. By saving water now, more water will be preserved for future generations to use. Remember that getting politically active at the local level is an excellent way to enforce change in water conservation legislation and other environmental issues.

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