Tips for Parents
Watching Water Waste
March 22 is the World Day for Water. In these eco-conscious times, we can all be more aware of our water use and abuse. Here are some simple tips to share with your student:
- Check for leaks. A simple faucet drip or leak in the toilet can add up to 15 gallons of water a day, or 105 gallons a week, or 5,475 gallons of wasted water a year!
- Take shorter showers. Cutting back on shower time will save gallons of water each day. To soak, take a partially filled bath, which uses much less water.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Flushing tissues or other pieces of garbage wastes water.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. You can save three to five gallons per minute while grooming.
- Don't defrost food by running it under hot water. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or microwave.
- Keep cold drinking water in the refrigerator. Don't let the water run while you wait for it to get cold enough to drink.
- Don't run the dishwasher when it is only partially filled. Wait until you have a full load.
- Select the proper load level when doing laundry. You'll save water by using the right setting and not filling the washer up more than necessary.
- Water the lawn only when necessary. If you step on grass and it springs back when you move your foot, it doesn't need watering.
- Mow as infrequently as possible. The more you mow, the more you have to water.
- Get rid of your weeds. They soak up more water than regular plants.
- Don't water in the wind or sun. It will dry up the water faster and move it to places it's not needed. Water during early mornings or late evenings.
- Don't let the water run while washing your car. You'll save gallons of water.
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