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Don’t water the gutter. Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Plant drought resistant trees, plants, and lawn grass. Many beautiful trees and plants CONSERVATION thrive with far less watering than other Outdoor species. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow the evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth. Do not permit children to play with the hose ConservationWith water conservation efforts under way in partsof Oklahoma, here are some water conservation or sprinkler. Do not use a constant stream of water when washing the car. Wash from a bucket of Tips Fortips from the Department of Environmental soapy water, using the hose only to rinse.Quality. Wash less frequently during dry, hot weather. Kitchens and LaundryWater piped for residential use often goes toward Use a broom, not a hose, to clean drivewaysthe care of lawns and gardens. As more water isused outdoors, more water is wasted. Yet it is Bathroompossible to conserve water and still maintain ahealthy lawn. Outdoors OUTDOOR TIPS Check for leaks in outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses. Even slight drips can add up to many gallons of wasted water. Water your lawn only when it needs it. A good way to see if your lawn needs water- ing is to step on the grass. If it springs back For further information visit us on up when you move, it doesn’t need water. If the web at it stays flat, it needs water. www.deq.state.ok.us Avoid watering on windy days. Wind will For program-specific questions, please carry water away from its’ intended area. contact the Water Quality Division Main Water during the coolest part of the day, generally early morning, to avoid excess Telephone Number: 405/702-8100 evaporation and to help prevent the growth of fungus. Customer Service Hotline: 1-800-869- Deep-soak your lawn when you do water. Give 1400 open 24hrs. the grass ample moisture to penetrate down to By-Pass Hotline: 1-800-256-2365 the roots where it will do the most good. open 24/7 for all incident reporting
Reduce the use of the garbage disposal, To cut down on water used with each which requires a great deal of water for flush, put plastic bottles filled with sand operation. Dispose of food scraps and in your toilet tank. Place them safely peelings in the trash container or use away from the operating mechanism. CONSERVATION food waste in a garden compost pile. (Do not use bricks, which disintegrate Kitchens and Laundry Install flow restrictors in faucets. after a while and damage the With water conservation Keep faucet washers in good shape or mechanism.) efforts under way in parts of use washerless faucets When replacing fixtures, install water Oklahoma, here are a few water conservation tips conserving models. The price is aboutfrom the Department of Environmental the same.Quality. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Your local hardware orWater is a valuable, fundamental resource that plumbing supply stores stockshould not be wasted. Eventually it will recycle CONSERVATION inexpensive water-saving shower headsitself, but the clean water used in homes has For the or restrictors that are easy to install.limitations. If each person uses only what is Bathroom Limit the length of showers to two orneeded, the natural water supply will always With water conservationbe adequate. efforts under way in parts three minutes. Consider turning the of Oklahoma, here are a few shower off while you soap up and turn itKITCHEN AND LAUNDRY TIPS water conservation tips from the Department on again only to rinse. Use your automatic dishwasher and of Environmental Quality. Rinse your razor in a few inches of automatic washing machine only for full water in the sink, rather than under loads, never for just a few items. The most substantial reduction in personal running water. If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water use can be made in the bathroom. Two- Turn off the tap while brushing your water running continuously for rinsing. Fill thirds of the water used in the average home is used in the bathroom, because many people teeth. Use only enough water to wet one side of the sink with clean water for rinsing, or put the washed dishes in a rack take long showers or flush the toilet the brush and rinse your mouth. and rinse them all at once with a spray unnecessarily. Teach children to turn faucets off tightly attachment or a pan of hot water. Water conservation not only saves water, it after use. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean saves energy used to heat the water. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even vegetables. Fill the sink or a pan with clean a small leak can waste thousands of water to rinse. Keep a bottle of drinking Check the toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet gallons per month. Keep faucet washers water in the refrigerator. Running the tap to cool the water for drinking is wasteful tank. If, without flushing, the color begins in good shape or use washerless faucets. and the refrigerator water will be colder to appear in the bowl, you know you and more refreshing. Check faucets and have a leak that needs to be repaired. This publication is issued by the Oklahoma Department of Envi- ronmental Quality, as authorized by Steven A. Thompson, Ex- pipes for leaks. Even a small leak can waste Don’t use the toilet for disposing of ecutive Director. 300 copies have been produced at a cost of thousands of gallons of water each year. cigarette butts or other trash. Use the $00.28 each. Copies have been deposited with the Publications Re-use the water that vegetables are Clearinghouse of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Printed garbage can. Every flush uses five to on recycled content paper (M:CSDDeniseGraphic washed in for watering house plants or for seven gallons of water. assistant3n1water3n1.pmd) 10/2004. cleaning.