Summer is a difficult season for water conservation. As the temperatures go up and the demand for water increases from our lawns, trees, and vegetable gardens, we must take extra precautions to ensure that water is not wasted. Consider the following simple tips to help reduce your outdoor water use during the hottest months of the year.
Purchase or create rain barrels to collect water from outdoor gutters and drainpipes.
The rainwater collected is often softer than the water from your hose as it is not treated with chlorine or other chemicals, and can be used to water your outdoor plants.
Turn off sprinklers on rainy days.
Instead of running your sprinklers on an automatic schedule, consider running them based on the weather forecast. You’ll save water (and money) if you let the clouds take care of watering your lawn on rainy days.
Aim sprinklers for maximum effectiveness.
Make sure that your sprinklers aren’t wasting any water on the sidewalk, road, or driveway. Aim them only at the areas that need to be watered.
Choose plants strategically.
Consider planting native or drought-tolerant plants that don’t require extra water. These plants will likely get enough water from rainfall, and will do better than more heat-sensitive plants.
Wash your car the old-fashioned way.
Instead of using a hose to wash off your car, use a bucket and sponge. This will drastically cut back on your water use. Not interested in washing your car at home? Choose a car wash that uses a water reclaim system to help ensure that water is being conserved.
Clean outdoor areas without water.
Instead of using a hose to clear debris on your porch, deck, and sidewalk, use a broom. Sweeping is just as effective, and requires no water at all. Taking these simple steps can help you dramatically decrease the amount of water you use during the summer. Not only will it help the environment, it will also save you money by lowering your water bills.
For more information about Aqua Bio and how our systems are designed to save you and your car wash a ton of money by reusing 100% of the water collected contact us today.
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