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  1. 6/15/2012 CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO CONSERVE
  2. Many of the District’s residents are active in saving paper, metals, and plastics through local recycling programs. We would encourage you to save water through simple, daily changes in your personal habits. Here are some suggestions to get you started toward conserving water:
     
    Conserving Water Indoors
     
    • Ditch the baths. Just by switching to showers, you'll save gallons of water and money. And don’t forget to shorten your shower. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month!
     
    • Don't run the tap. A running tap can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. Turn the faucet off when you're brushing your teeth, shaving or lathering your face or hands. If you need to rinse, consider partially filling the sink basin with rinse water, rather than letting the tap run.
     
    • Check toilets for leaks. Put dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired. Save up to 400 gallons per month!
     
    • Don’t use your toilet as a “wastebasket” for tissues, insects or cigarettes. Save up to 600 gallons per month!
     
    • If you don’t have a low flow toilet, put a plastic bottle weighted with pebbles and filled with water into your toilet tank, decreasing water in the tank! You could save up to 300 gallons per month!
     
    • Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a plastic tub or watering can to use on house plants. Saves up to 300 gallons per month.
     
     
    Conserving Water Outside
     
    • Don’t leave the garden hose running free while washing your car. Save up to 10 gallons per minute! Washing your car with a running hose can use up to twice as much water as a commercial car wash.
     
    • Put a layer of mulch, or bark around trees, it slows down evaporation and can save up to 1,200 gallons a month!
     
    • Set lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation. Save up to 1,500 gallons per month
     
    • Water your lawn only when needed. Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn't need to be watered. Save up to 1,500 gallons per month.
     
    • Re-use rainwater. Invest in a water collection tank or a rain barrel to catch roof run-off to water outdoor plants and gardens.
     
    By challenging yourself to conserve by using some or all of the above tips you can save money as well as conserving water and helping the environment.
     
    If you have any questions on how you can conserve or would like more information on water conservation activities, please call Alyssa Quinn at 303-979-2333.