Water is a precious commodity and there is a limited supply in most communities. Remember to use only the amount you actually need. Encourage your family to keep looking for new ways to conserve water in and around your home. .

 

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Water Facts

Water is a precious commodity and there is a limited supply in most communities.  Remember to use only the amount you actually need.  Encourage your family to keep looking for new ways to conserve water in and around your home.  Locate you main shut-off valve.  It is important to know its location in case of emergencies.

If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances the country would save more than three trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion a year.

1.            The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute.  Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to eight gallons of water a day, which equals 240 gallons a month.

2.            Fix leaks in faucets  

3.            Take shorter showers

4.            Replace older showerheads with low-flow fixtures – 31 billion gallons of water can be saved each month.

5.            Use only water-efficient dishwashers and clothes washers, being sure to only run full loads of either; install low-volume toilets.

6.            Plastic water bottles are made from petroleum.  Municipal water is tested more rigorously for impurities than many spring water sources for commercially bottled water.  If you want to carry drinking water, fill a metal or glass container with tap water.  It’s cheaper and safer.

7.            Only wash your car at a car wash – they are required by law to recycle the water used.  You also avoid wasting water and polluting our streams.

8.            Drip irrigation for plants uses up to 40% less water than fixed irrigation systems.

 

Lawn Watering Tips

“If you are watering your lawn every day, you are probably over watering your lawns”, said Monroe Township Utility Department Director, Michael Barnes.  “The only time you need to water on a daily basis is when you are installing sod or seeding.”

Over watering weakens grass by weakening the root structure by causing them to grow shallow, and it also makes lawns more susceptible to mold.

“We advise residents to set their sprinkler control clocks to water between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. twice a week when water pressure is at its greatest in Monroe” Mr. Barnes said.  “Water between those times can help reduce the risk of mold, fungus and other lawn diseases invading lawns”.

Also, it is cooler, less windy and there is more moisture in the air at night, which means that more of the water will reach the ground rather than being evaporated.

Most sprinkler systems have built in water sensors, but if they don’t, empty tuna cans can be used to collect and measure the water to determine how many minutes each sprinkler zone need to run.

“Most lawns need a ½-inch of water on the lawn in shady spots and ¾-inch in sunny spots”, Mr. Barnes said.