Rain seems to fall for days on end in Seattle. However, it doesn't rain in Seattle as much as you may think! In fact, the Seattle area gets less rain than Tucson, Arizona in the heat of summer. The region's water use peaks mid-May through mid-September because of increases in outdoor water use. This increase comes at a time of year when rainfall is lowest and fish need water most in the rivers and streams. Conserving water year-round helps ensure plenty of fresh water for people and wildlife for years to come.
Tips for Efficient Water Use
Use the following household and outdoor tips on efficient water use to help protect the environment and save money on utility bills.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste 20 or more gallons of water per day. To measure water wasted due to leaks, "Water Wiser Drip Calculator".
Install low-flow fixtures, then buy and install aerators for every faucet in the house.
When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with water to wash and rinse. Do not wash dishes under a running faucet.
When using a dishwasher, only wash full loads of dishes.
Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
Always turn the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth.
Install water efficient showerheads and take shorter showers.
Reduce water use by installing a High Efficiency Toilet with the WaterSense label (maximum 1.28 gallons per flush).
Check toilet for leaks. Use food coloring or a leak detection strip in the toilet tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak that requires immediate attention. Leak detection dye strips are available to Skyway customers free of charge at the District office. Test for a leaking toilet using dye strips.
FIXING LEAKS CAN SAVE UP TO 10,000 GALLONS OF WATER EACH YEAR!!!
Wash full loads of laundry, or choose an appropriate load-size setting for the number of items in the washer.
Consider installing a high-efficiency washing machine - it can significantly reduce water and energy use.
Use natural landscaping methods for easier yard care that is healthier for families, pets, wildlife, and our great Northwest environment.
Only water the lawn in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation. Avoid watering during the heat of the day or when it is windy. Water deeply but infrequently – once or twice per week for most soils, and no more than one inch per week. For planting beds, use drip irrigation such as soaker hose instead of sprinklers.
Consider converting to a drip irrigation system to use less water. Drip irrigation works by applying water slowly, directly to the soil. It is the most efficient mode of irrigating your lawn, because water soaks into the soil before it can evaporate or run off, and water is only applied where it is needed, (at the plant's roots) rather than sprayed everywhere.
When using an automatic irrigation system, make sure that it is well maintained and properly functioning. Adjust your watering schedule to match weather conditions and consider installing a rain sensor.
Use a broom to clean walkway and driveways instead of a hose.
Wash your car at a commercial car wash. You'll save water and keep pollutants out of local lakes and streams.
If it is necessary to wash your car at home, use a hose with a shut-off nozzle along with a bucket of soapy water to wash the car.
FREE Water Saving Items!!!
By installing high efficiency fixtures and practicing good conservation habits, you can significantly reduce your water use, lower your utility bills and help ensure a reliable water supply for future generations.
Cascade's WaterSense Partnership program provides free showerheads, faucet aerators, shower timers and other conservation items to homeowners. Skyway customers can order any water conservation item on CASCADE'S WEBSITE for free.
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