Tips for saving indoor water use:
- Don’t put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden.
- Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year.
- Check your toilet tank for leaks by adding dye tablets to the tank. If toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes in the bowl. Flush as soon as the test is done, since the dye may stain the porcelain.
- Take shorter showers. Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
- Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper the tub before turning on the water. Adding hot water later can warm the initial burst of cold water.
- Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for the water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
- Operate automatic dishwashers and washing machines only when they are fully loaded and properly set the water level to the size of load you are washing.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather then letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
- Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up.
- Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
Colorado is a high alpine desert and does not get much precipitation each year. On average, Parker, Colorado receives 19 inches of precipitation (rain and snow) each year. That is not enough water to keep bluegrass turf alive. Instead of dumping a lot of water on the grass here are some resources to help you conserve this precious resource and reduce the impact to your monthly bills.