Saving water outdoors

Typically, outdoor water use accounts for about 50 percent of water consumed by households. You can reduce your outdoor water consumption by taking a few simple steps. So tighten those taps, eliminate those leaks and use water wisely.

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More tips

  • Do not leave sprinklers unattended. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn off sprinklers.
  • Water slowly to reduce runoff and to allow deep penetration.
  • Observe the watering schedule for your address.
  • Dig out water-loving weeds and cultivate soil often.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater. Rainwater is free and is better for your plants because it doesn’t contain hard minerals.
  • Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas.
  • Use a shutoff nozzle on your hose that can be adjusted down to a fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, turn it off at the spigot instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks. A garden hose without a shutoff nozzle can pour out 530 gallons of water in an hour.
  • Avoid purchasing recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.
  • Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your own car, park on the grass, use a bucket of soapy water and use a hose with a shutoff nozzle.
  • Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled.
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter.
  • Cover your spa or pool to reduce evaporation.

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