In today’s environmentally conscious world, water conservation has become a global conversation. No one is immune from water concerns. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that “even though Georgia’s high average rainfall is usually enough to recharge its aquifers, the combination of recent droughts and increased demand have strained the state’s groundwater resources,” causing decreased water pressure and concerns about saltwater entering fresh drinking water.
When it comes to water conservation, small steps can make a big difference. Consider implementing the following tips in your daily life.
- If you must water your lawn in the summer, do so at night when the air is coolest, thus decreasing the chances of the water evaporating before it hits the ground. Additionally, you can purchase an inexpensive timer that will automatically shut off your outside faucet after a set period of time in case you forget to do so.
- Read your water meter at a time when no water is being used in your home, then return about 8 hours later and check it again. If the meter has moved, it is possible you have an undetected water leak in your home that needs to be fixed.
- Check the temperature of your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or medium temperature. If it is, contact a licensed plumber to have it adjusted.
- Immediately fix any leaky faucets you have in your home. Did you know that just one drip per second can add up to more than 8 gallons of water waste in a single day?
- Replace your older shower heads with new lower flow models to save over 7 gallons of water per minute of usage.
- Contact your water provider to find out the level of water pressure in your home. If it is above 60 pounds per square inch, call a licensed plumber to install a pressure reducing valve.