Green Tip – Use Water Wisely

by Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP: When you use water wisely you help the environment, save energy and save money.

We all know that water is essential to life on earth. We need water for a variety of everyday needs from growing food, providing power to drinking.

We are using up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can naturally be replenished so we all need to use our water wisely.

To provide enough clean fresh water for people, water is cleaned at drinking water treatment plants before it is used. And after water is used, it is cleaned again at wastewater treatment plants or by a septic system before being put back into the environment.

Saving water is good for the earth, your family, and your community.

  • When you use water wisely, you help the environment. You save water for fish and animals. You help preserve drinking water supplies. And you ease the burden on wastewater treatment plants—the less water you send down the drain, the less work these plants have to do to make water clean again.
  • When you use water wisely, you save energy. You save the energy that your water supplier uses to treat and move water to you, and the energy your family uses to heat your water.
  • When you use water wisely, you save money. Your family pays for the water you use. If you use less water, you’ll have more money left to spend on other things.


Here are some Simple Tips for conserving water:

  • Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. And water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
  • When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your plants, trees or shrubs.
  • When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don’t throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.

Source: Water Use It Wisely

More interesting information about water: Three Myths about Water

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  1. graceonline’s avatar

    Excellent and well-tested suggestions all. May I add one more? If you have a lawn, grasscycle! Remove the grass catcher from your mower and let those clippings lie. You can save up to a third of your seasonal watering bill with this simple labor-saving trick.

    You save fertilizer too, because you don’t need to fertilize as often. Those grass clippings are returning nitrogen and nutrients to your soil. They also shade the roots of the grass plants, which helps to prevent that wilting stress on super hot days. Many home owners think their grass needs water when it wilts in high double-digit and triple-digit weather, but it’s merely fainting because its roots are too hot.

    For successful grasscycling, never mow when the grass is damp, make sure your mower blade is sharp, and keep it high, so the grass plants are never less than 3-4″ tall. The clippings should be about one-half inch long. If they are too long, they are prone to sit on top of the lawn instead of falling between the blades.

    In the peak growing season, you may have to mow a little more frequently, but that soon passes. The rest of the season, you’ll mow less often! Overall, grasscycling cuts your seasonal mowing time by about a third as well. More time for playing catch with the kids!


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