Make a Difference by Conserving Water While Also Reducing Your Utility Bill

Water is essential for life, and we must all do our part to conserve this precious resource, especially during the hot summer months. Many small changes can be made in how we use water daily, which will help conserve water while also controlling the water bill. For instance, instead of pouring unused water down the drain, use it to water your indoor plants or flowers in the garden. Do not let the faucet run when brushing your teeth or washing your hands.

Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full, and use the proper load size settings and the water saver feature if available. Waiting to run a load of dishes or dirty laundry until the machine is full can greatly reduce water usage, as it takes 40 gallons of water per load and 12 gallons of water per load to run the dishwasher.  Scrape food into the trash rather than rinse in the sink, which also helps keep fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of your home’s pipes and the County’s sewer system.

If you shorten your shower by just a minute or two, you will save 2.5 gallons of water per minute. You can also conserve water and reduce utility bills by installing water-conserving faucet aerators and showerheads. Do not flush anything except toilet paper down the toilet, as 1.6 gallons of water are used per flush. Make sure to fix a dripping faucet or toilet leak as soon as possible to avoid wasting water and having a higher bill. A slow drip of the kitchen sink faucet may not seem like it’s using much water, but those drips add up to many gallons quickly!

The heat during the summer can be tough on lawns and landscaping, but there are several steps you can take to keep your yard looking nice without wasting water or breaking the bank. Don’t let the water run off onto driveways or sidewalks when watering the yard. A garden hose uses nine to 17 gallons of water per minute. Money can also be saved on your utility bill when rainwater is used for landscaping instead of drinking (potable) water. Position your downspout so it drains onto the lawn and garden areas rather than sidewalks or the driveway. Rain barrels can also be installed to collect rainwater runoff from your roof to use to water your lawn and garden.

You can find more water conservation tips at https://staffordcountyva.gov/conservewater.

If you have questions, please call the Utilities Department at (540) 658-8616.

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