Conserving Water in the Hotter Months

Conserving Water in the Hotter Months

With much of the country in a heat wave this summer, our plumbing is taking a toll in over use. Watering the lawns, longer cool showers, running the taps for cold glasses of water.

Here are a few Drain Doctor tips from our UK counterpart that can help conserve water and save some cash at the same time:

  • Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit, vegetables or dishes. You can then use the waste water to water your plants.
  • Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink.
  • Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses more than two gallons of water a minute.
  • Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher. Some new washing machines use less than a gallon of water for each pound of clothes, while modern dishwashers can use as little as two to three gallons of water a cycle.
  • If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses about ten gallons of water. This is about half the volume of a standard bath.
  • Use a water-saving device in your toilet cistern. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could save about half a gallon each time you flush the toilet.
  • Using a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or hose. Garden sprinklers and hoses left running can use about 150 to 200 gallons of water an hour.
  • Think about collecting rainwater off your roof. Using rainwater in the garden reduces the amount of treated water you use.
  • Check your property regularly for leaks on your internal plumbing.

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