Our Westfield Green initiative is moving right along thanks to many of you in our community.
I wanted to write a quick post about something that we all can do to help our environment (and our water bills!) – water conservation!
Water conservation is something that might sound complicated, but there are some very simple things all of us can do in our daily lives to help with this important cause.
In the bathroom, try turning the water off when you’re brushing your teeth and shaving. You’d be surprised at how many gallons of water we waste every day doing these activities!
You can also install low-flow toilets and shower heads that require a lower volume of water. And when you’re in the shower, try to limit your bathing time to 5 minutes or so.
Moving over to the kitchen, try to only use your dishwasher when there is a full load. Also, don’t thaw your food by running hot water over it. Thaw your food in the fridge or on the counter top (or microwave if you’re pressed for time).
You can also save a huge amount of water outdoors. For instance, try not to run your sprinklers and lawn irrigation systems every day. It’s actually recommended that lawn watering occur only 2-3 times a week since Watering lawns and other plants too often can cause shallow roots, weed growth, fungus and unnecessary stormwater runoff that affects our local streams. And try to water between 4 – 7 a.m. to avoid excessive evaporation. Watering during the day actually results in as much as 30 percent water loss due to evaporation.
For a small fee, you can install an override system on your irrigation system that monitors rainfall so that you don’t water your lawn during rainy days or if the lawn doesn’t need it.
Finally, a lot of people have their irrigation systems set up to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Try to pick alternate days to reduce unnecessary strain on the water supply at one time.
These are some pretty simple ways to conserve water, and to conserve your dollars when it comes time to paying your water bill. If you’d like some more tips, check out the video below or visit this page from Citizens!
You can also learn more about stormwater issues by visiting the Clear Choices, Clean Water page.
Lots of useful info!
Thanks everyone for making our community healthier!