In the summertime, Americans tax their home water systems more than ever. Overusing water when showering more often to beat the heat, filling up swimming pools, or running sprinkler systems can cause groundwater to run low. Here are a few best practices to follow this season to keep your supply running optimally.
How to Conserve Water
1. Don't Overwater Your Lawn
Irrigation systems account for 30 to 70% of the average American's water use, and about 50% of that water is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff.
To prevent waste, only water your lawn when the soil is dry or the grass blades don't spring back after you walk over them. This is often every two to three days. If you have a sprinkler system, adjust it so that it turns on in the morning, allowing the lawn to absorb the most moisture before the heat of the day makes it evaporate.
2. Fill Up Appliances
Your dishwasher and washing machine consume several gallons of water, and when you frequently run them at half-capacity, you use unnecessary amounts of water.
Avoid waste in the kitchen by filling your dishwasher throughout the day and running it only when it's full. Let a full load of laundry accumulate before washing your clothes.
3. Close the Tap
Leaving a hose or tap running when you soap up your vehicle and manually do the dishes wastes water.
The average American can save up to 200 gallons per month by turning the faucet off while they brush their teeth. If you have a double sink, lighten the load on your home water system by filling one side with water you can use to scrub the dishes.
Keep your home water system running efficiently with help from the professionals at Affordable Pump & Well Repair in La Crosse, WI. For over 45 years, their reliable team has provided affordable water well services, including inspections and maintenance. Contact them today at (608) 788-6451 to schedule an appointment, or visit them online to learn more about their services.