Here are some handy tips and suggestions for conserving water in our desert community.
- Check for and repair leaking faucets, pipes, and toilets.
- Install water-saving showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and clothes washers.
- Reduce water waste when using faucets and toilets. Don't let the water run while brushing teeth or performing kitchen chores. Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Install aerators on all faucets.
- Only wash full loads in the dish and clothes washers and select proper wash cycles.
- Water only two or three times a week, even in the hottest weather.
- Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering sidewalks, streets, driveways, or rock areas.
- Cycle the watering schedule so each sprinkler set runs for two or three shorter times rather than one long period. Allow an hour between each watering cycle so the water will soak deep into the soil.
- Sweep sidewalks and other paved surfaces with a broom rather than using a hose to clean off dirt and debris.
- Adjust lawnmowers to a height of 3 inches. Longer grass prevents the sun from drying out the topsoil layer and encourages deep root growth.
- Hand water dry spots in the lawn to avoid overwatering the rest of the lawn.
For more water conservation information visit the Washington County Water Conservancy website or the Utah Water Conservation or the Slow The Flow websites.