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::September::

section-photo Consider:
  1. Evaluate your water use; what are the ways you are using water? Write a list of everything you use water for.
  2. Replace fixtures that leak throughout your home and garden- that is just wasted water.
  3. Run water-consuming appliances like dishwashers and washing machines at capacity- do not run multiple small loads. If you have a small load, adjust the setting on your machine.
  4. Consider water use when planning your garden or replacing irrigation system- native plants are well adapted to the amount of water your community usually gets and will cut down on overall watering needs.

Check out these 15 water saving tips from http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/ and click on the link to learn about more water saving ideas.

#1.
There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

#2.
When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

#3.
Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.

#4.
Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.

#5.
Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.

#6.
Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways.

#7.
Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.

#8.
Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time.

#9.
Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower.

#10.
Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.

#11.
Check your water meter and bill to track your water usage.

#12.
Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

#13.
Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.

#14.
Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

#15.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.