The days are getting shorter, the nights are a little cooler, and leaves are falling all around us. That means the rains are right around the corner, but before you head out to the pumpkin patch to soak up that sunshine CRW would like to remind you to shut off that sprinkler before you head out the door. Maybe pick up some supplies to fix that runny toilet while you’re out, too. That’s right, it might not be the height of summer, but it’s still important to conserve water. Now’s the time to make it routine.
Here’s the good news: we’re here with the Clackamas River Water Providers to help you conserve water, prep for winter, and keep excess water where it belongs- in the river!
Put the Irrigation System to Bed for the Winter
Water needs of plants drop off dramatically in the fall. Longer nights, cooler temperatures, and rainfall in the forecast is a sign it’s time to shut off and winterize your irrigation system.
Take Stock of Your Water Usage Habits
As the air begins to cool you may enjoy taking a few extra minutes in a hot shower.
Standard showerheads use more than two gallons of water a minute. Even a small amount of extra shower time every day adds up to large water waste. Consider changing your old shower head to a newer 1 – 1.5 GPM (gallons per minute) low flow shower head. You can still enjoy that shower without wasting water.
Install Water Efficient Faucets Aerators
While not running water needlessly, such as letting the faucet flow when brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes after a large holiday celebration many households can further decrease their water use by installing high efficiency (1 – 1.5 GPM) faucet aerators in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
Upgrade Your Toilets
Toilets are the number one water waster in the home, replacing your old toilet with a new EPA certified High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) is an excellent way to reduce unnecessary water use. If you’re unable to replace your toilets, you can use toilet tank bags, or fill cycle diverters to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
Check Behind the Scenes
Check all faucets and, wherever possible, pipes for leaks. A single drip may seem insignificant, but that volume adds up — a single dripping faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water a year. To check for leaks in hidden pipes, monitor your water meter for an hour or two when no water is being used, if the meter dial is moving, there is a leak.
These tips are a good place to start, but they are just that, starting places. There is a myriad of different ways to conserve water at home. To learn more about indoor and outdoor water saving tips, receive our indoor water audit kit, information about the Clackamas River Water Providers Rebate Program, and how to receive water saving devices such as faucet aerators, and shower heads visit the CRWP website at www.clackamasproviders.org or call 503-723-3511.