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Posted by: harrisandyou | September 30, 2013

Saving Water and Money

English: It's hard to believe that this pool h...

English: It’s hard to believe that this pool holds c. 20 million gallons, but it does… ….at least, according to figures given by the RAF Bomb Disposal people. This gives some idea of its depth. Your average paddling pool it certainly is not. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my last post I mentioned the drought and the limitations that are sanctioned to us by the county and Water District.  In the mail I received a document that says “Saving Water and Money, Good for you – and for the Community”.  It is a list of the Top 10 ways to reduce monthly water and sewer bills.  Below is the list they provided:

1) Replace Pre-1993 high flow toilets with high efficiency models.  This could save 1,000 gallons a month for the average family of 3.

2) Replace old high-flow shower heads with 1.75 gallon per minute heads.  This could save 1,000 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

3) Replace old top-loader clothes washer with new front-loader high efficiency washer.  This could save 900 to 1,500 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

4) Sink – Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, washing hands, shaving or rinsing dishes.  This could save 500 to 750 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

5) Reduce shower time from 10 to 5 minutes or less.  This could save 1,300 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

6) Replace lawn area with beautiful drought-tolerant plants on drip irrigation.  This could save 4,000 to 5,000 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

7) Repair broken sprinklers and drip line leaks.  This could save 40 to 80 gallons per day, per leak for the average family of 3.

8) Raise lawn mower height to 3 inches.  This could save 1,000 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

9) Adjust, straiten, and raise sprinkler heads to improve irrigation efficiency.  This could save 1,000 gallons per month for the average family of 3.

10) Reduce sprinkler run times by 1 to 3 minutes.  This could save 15 to 20 gallons per minute per irrigation station, 250 gallons per month per station for the average family of 3.

Which of these 10 do you do now?

If everyone reduces their water usage as suggested will that be enough water for the rest of our lives?

The water that the mid-west received is what the west coast needs desperately, just not the flooding that went with it.  So did they save any of the rain water?

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