- Posted Sunday, 16th, 2014 By: Glenbrook HOA Category: Uncategorized, Water Conservation The tags: Water
HOW CAN I DO MY PART IN CONSERVING WATER?
1. Reduce outdoor watering:
Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for one-third of all residential water use. In South Lake Tahoe, water use almost triples in the summertime due in large part to landscape irrigation. So it would follow, that a great place to start water conservation is outside.
Tahoe Basin studies show that with soils typical in this region, anything over 1/2″ of water dispersed per irrigation cycle is wasted. Most sprinkler heads will disperse over 1/2″ in less than 20 minutes. So adjust your sprinkler system watering cycle and duration not to exceed 20 minute cycles. If you are like most of us, the mere thought of “adjusting” that device sends us running for an expert! In that case call a neighbor, gardener or someone who understands the beast and control your “controller”.
2. Check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads.
3. Swap out your lawn for low-water plantings.
4. Fix leaks in plumbing fixtures:
including toilets, faucets, and shower heads. If possible, upgrade to high-efficiency models and install aerators to cut down on water
amount but not pressure.
5. Install water-efficient devices:
Rebates are offered on dishwashers and washing machines as well as smart irrigation controllers.
6. Shower with a bucket: or a friend!
7. Play your favorite song while you shower:
When the song ends, so does your shower. And, please, no 1812 Overture !
8. Sweep your porches, don’t hose them!
For those of us who like to think you can eat off our floors – even our porches – give it up. This may require checking into a “spa” or a few counseling sessions, but you can do it!
9. When doing dishes, use the “soaker” method:
In my household, those nasty pots and pans we really didn’t want to scrub were declared “soakers” meaning you filled them with water and let them sit, hoping that the kitchen fairy would come in the night to finish the job. So, instead of running the water while you rinse the dishes (many in my household would argue that is what dishwashers are for) – soak, don’t rinse your dishes. Or, better yet, don’t rinse or soak – test your dishwasher! If you follow these guidelines and make sure that you aren’t allowing water to run or leak in the house or around the property, you will be doing your part to keep the Cooperative within our water rights. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.