Water Conservation Tips

Water is rising...the price, that is, and all of us need to be more conscious of our water usage and what we can do to help conserve water, help the environment, and save money. Please read below for some helpful hints on how to conserve water.

Kitchen and Laundry

  • Eliminate leaks by turning faucets off completely and, as needed, replace old gaskets. A single dripping faucet can waste as much as 3600 gallons a year.
  • Use the "water-saver" setting or make sure your machine is set for the most efficient use.
  • Only wash full loads of dishes or clothes.

  • Check for silent leaks in the tank of your toilet. Usually dirt or corrosion can form on the flapper and allow water to seep past causing the toilet to fill more regularly.
  • If you hear running water in your toilet tank fix the leak by replacing the faulty hardware.
  • Don't use your toilet as a trash can.
  • Take fewer and shorter showers.
  • Don't leave the water running while rinsing, shaving, or brushing your teeth.

Lawn and Garden
  • Hold your garden hose close to the roots of plant so that there's little waste and evaporation loss (soaker-type hoses are even more efficient).
  • Water slowly so that the soil soaks up all the water.
  • To avoid the possibility of disease (due to promotion of fungi growth), and minimize evaporation, the best time to water is during the early morning hours (dawn to approximately 9 AM).
  • Turn your outside water lines to the off position until needed, hoses have a tendency to leak. Also, avoid watering on windy days, which increases evaporation.
  • Never allow water to run unnecessarily, installation of a spray handle helps to reduce use.
  • Allow your grass to grow to approximately 3 inches before cutting.
  • Install a timer and a rain sensor to outdoor irrigation systems.
  • Position sprinklers so they do not water the pavement. 
  • Do not over water allowing water to run down the street. (Note: turf grasses can survive on as little as a half inch of water per week.)
  • When washing the car, place the car on the grass and use of a garden hose spray nozzle to reduce waste.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks.
  • Mulch plants to reduce evaporation and help retain moisture.

Storm-water Drains (Catch-basins)

During a rain event, water runs over the land collecting pollutants and bringing them to the nearest storm-water drain. Pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticide, motor oil, paint and litter that are washed into storm drains flow directly into our waterways including the Wyomissing Creek and Schuylkill River. This pollution degrades our water quality and damages local aquatic habitats. Everyone can help to prevent storm-water pollution by keeping potential pollutants away from storm drains, and other bodies of water.




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