Just a few weeks ago we were cranking up our heaters, but now we are tucking away our pea coats and winter sweaters because spring has sprung! As we gear up for another hot Georgia summer, we should all be careful about how we use our water. Georgia is famous for its arid months and these can become dangerous. With dry air and plants, fires can catch quickly making house fires a real threat. By conserving now, you can help reduce the chances of a major drought this summer, not to mention save a little money on your water bill.
Implement these easy tips in YOUR home:
Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap. Re-use the water that vegetables are washed in for cleaning or watering plants.
Upgrade your Appliances
Replace your showerhead and lawn hose with an ultra-low-flow version or if you’re willing to make a bigger purchase, try an energy efficient washer and dryer
Cut your lawn some slack
Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches, or to its highest level. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture.
Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees.
Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!
When you are certain that no water is being used in your home, take a reading of the water meter. Wait 30 minutes and then take a second reading. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak!
We will be following these guidelines at the Chapter House. Which ones will you use at your own home?
– Shelby Rudd