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Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

Prolonged periods of drought are one of the hallmarks of a warming climate. The effects of a drought are further exacerbated because people use a lot of water, often unknowingly. Saving water not only helps to protect communities against drought, it also can help individuals save money. Here are some ways you can reduce your water usage:

Water your yard in the early morning or evening.   

Watering your yard in the morning or evening lessens the evaporation when the sun is high. Be sure you’re watering your yard, not the sidewalk or driveway.

Do more: To the extent possible, remove all or part of your thirsty lawn grass and replace it with a beautiful drought-tolerant garden or native plants that don’t require as much watering.

Check for leaks with the toilet test.

Put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, anywhere up to 100 gallons of water a day. If you find a leak, a rubber flapper may be all you need to fix it.

Adjust how you shower.

Trimming just two minutes off your shower can save up to 1,750 gallons of water per person in your household each year. Additionally, you can turn off the water while you soap and/or shave and collect the water that’s normally wasted while you wait for the shower to warm up in a bucket -- use it for watering plants.

Do more: Install water-efficient shower heads, toilets, faucets or an Energy Star washing machine to eliminate thousands of gallons of water waste each year. Check on New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program website to see if your upgrade qualifies for a rebate: NJ Clean Energy Residential Rebates.

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

This can save up to 2.5 gallons of water a minute.

Use the dishwasher.

Hand-washing your dishes can use up to 27 gallons of water, compared to just 3 gallons for a new Energy Star-rated dishwasher.

Cover the pool.

If you have a backyard pool, keep if covered to make sure the water stays in it instead of evaporating.

Use the car wash.

Washing a car at home can easily use 100 gallons of water, while commercial car washes often use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water.

Get a rain barrel. Collect the water that streams off your roof when it rains by setting up a rain barrel underneath your gutter’s downspout. Reuse that water in your garden instead of letting it push motor oil, pet waste and garbage from the streets into local rivers.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Do More: Add some green infrastructure (GI) to your property where feasible. Some examples of GI include green roofs, porous pavement and rain gardens.

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