While we shelter at home to stay safe, it’s also a great time to find ways to conserve water. April is Water Conservation Month and there are plenty of ideas, both indoor and outside, for your entire family to save water:
- Only operate the dishwasher when full.
- Thaw frozen foods in the fridge or microwave instead of using running water.
- Take showers that are 5 minutes or less.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Operate the washer with full loads only, if a load size can’t be set.
- Check for leaks in hoses, faucets and toilets.
- Only water your lawn when it needs it and follow local restrictions.
- Add micro-irrigation around plant beds for more efficient watering.
- Cut your grass at the highest recommended height for your turf species.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Install drought-tolerant plants.
- Use a shutoff nozzle on your garden hose.
- Download this activity sheet and have children calculate how much water is being used at home daily and devise ways to reduce the use.
For more tips, visit WaterMatters.org/Conservation