Sunday, July 6, 2008

Drought Preparedness

There is a great article in Meridian Magazine called "Looking Ahead to Times of Drought" by Carolyn Nicolaysen. It is a great article on saving water and what we can do. Here are some highlights.
  • Check for hidden water leaks. Record the reading on your water meter. After two hours, when no water is being used, check the meter again. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
  • Install low-flow faucet aerators. All household faucets should be fit with an aerator. Since you use your faucet far more than any other water source in your home, aerators can provide the greatest savings. If your faucets do not have them, install them. If they have them, make sure they are rated at 2.75 gallons per minute or less. The rating will be on the side of the aerator.
  • Take shorter showers. One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses 20 to 40 gallons of water. If you have kids, try setting a timer.

Don't forget to read the article in it's entirety here!

1 comment:

kh said...

These are good general tips...but there are even more, Vegas-specific tips at Check the conservation section. There are even coupons for car washs!
(from Kristen, South Pointe ward, GV Stake)