Ware County Level 1 Drought Notification

Water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water conservation can go a long way to help alleviate drought notification. Some of these will also help your pocket so please check them out not only for now but in the future as well. For more info click here

Check your toilet for leaks.
Check it by putting a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.

Make your showers shorter
A shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute. So if you limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off it will save gallons.

Stop using your toilet as a wastebasket or ashtray
With every flush, you use five to seven gallons of water.

Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank
Put some stones in a one-liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet. If your tank is big enough, you may even be able to put in a couple of bottles.

Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors
Our local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive showerheads or flow restrictors that will cut your shower flow to about three gallons a minute instead of five to ten. Easy to install, and your showers will still be cleansing and refreshing.

Take small baths
A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
So before brushing wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth.

Check faucets and pipes for leaks
Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.

Use your kitchen dishwasher for full loads only
Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about 25 gallons of water, or while we have a drought notification wash by hand.

Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads only
A washer uses 30 to 35 gallons per cycle.

Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Rinse your vegetables instead in a bowl or sink full of clean water.

Don’t run the hose while washing your car
Soap down your car from a pail of soapy water. Use a hose only to rinse it off.

Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers
They all love to play under a hose or sprinkler on a hot day. Unfortunately, this practice is extremely wasteful of precious water and should be discouraged.

Water your lawn only when it needs it
Watering on a regular schedule doesn’t allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduces the need for watering. Step on some grass. If it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn’t need water.

If you have to water, water during the cool parts of the day
Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.

Check where you’re watering
Position your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden, not in areas where it does no good. Also, avoid watering on windy days when much of your water may be carried off to the streets and sidewalks.

Leaks outside the house are easily ignored since they don’t mess up the floor or keep you awake at night. However, they can be even more wasteful than inside water leaks especially when they occur on your main water line.