Have you ever stopped to think about how many times a day you turn on a water faucet or how much water you use when doing so? The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) joins water professionals nationwide in recognizing water’s vital role in our everyday lives during National Drinking Water Week 2023, May 7-13.
The following water conservations tips, from the Environmental Protection Agency, will also help lower your water bill:
- Timing is everything: Know how much water your landscape needs, It’s best to water lawns and landscapes in the early morning and evening after the sun goes down. Water can be lost to evaporation during the day’s heat.
- Tune up your system: Inspect irrigation systems and check for leaks and broken or clogged sprinkler heads, or those spraying on the sidewalk, street, or driveway.
- Give your hose a break: Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off. And don’t forget to check for leaks at your spigot connection.
- Make it count: Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when fully loaded.
- Get a cover: If you have a swimming pool, get one. You’ll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.
- Make repairs: Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Leaking taps can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
- Step on it: Grass doesn’t always need water because it’s hot out. Step on the lawn; if the grass springs back, it doesn’t need water. An inexpensive soil moisture sensor can also show the amount of moisture at the plant’s roots and discourage overwatering.
You can access the PSC’s Drop by Drop brochure and Conservation House for more water conservation tips. You can also find additional water conservation information on the PSC’s website.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 40 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week–an opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Additional information about 2023 Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available here.
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