Urban runoff is a significant source of water pollution, carrying sediment, oil, grease, toxic chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, bacteria and heavy metals into our nations' rivers, lakes and bays. I've pledged to do my part to preserve water quality, and I hope these tips will help you do the same. And remember: If you've been thinking about moving up or investing in real estate, I'd love to assist you.
Pick up leaves and grass clippings. Use them for mulch or compost for your garden rather than allowing them to make their way into storm drains.
Buy trash cans with tightly fitting lids. Don't allow trash and other household debris to reach the street or storm drains. Keep your cans securely lidded.
Position your sprinklers carefully. Make sure you're watering your lawn or garden, not the sidewalk or road.
Install a rain barrel. Removing Positioned below downspouts, rain barrels collect rainwater that you can later use to hydrate your garden or even wash your car.
Clean up after your pet. Pet waste left in your yard can wash into storm drains and eventually make its way into waterways.
Use fertilizer and pesticides sparingly. Pet waste left in your yard can wash into storm drains and eventually make its way into waterways.
Ways to Save Water – Time to Preserve and Conserve
Turn down water pressure when you don’t need it to come out of the faucet at full force.
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge – then you will drink all the water you run, instead of letting some of it waste away down the drain each time you fill a glass.
Don’t allow water to run while you wash dishes by hand. Fill up one side of the sink to wash all the dishes and another to rinse them. You’ll save several gallons each time you practice this conservation technique.
Use just one glass every day for consuming water or other beverages. This will cut down on the number of glasses you have to use more water to wash.
Don’t run the water while you are brushing your teeth. Brush, then rinse with the faucet on.
If you drop ice cubes on the floor, don’t throw them away – put them in a houseplant to slowly water them as they melt.
Don’t wash tiny loads of laundry in a full basin of water. Adjust water levels according to how much laundry you are going to wash.
Always wash darker clothes in cold water. This conserves both water and energy, and your colors won’t fade as fast, either.
Shortening your shower by just a minute or more can save up to 150 gallons of water a month. If you take showers that are less then five minutes, you will save as much as 5000 gallons of water per month.