Be Water Wise
As summer approaches, our concerns about drought are increasing. You can save water inside and outside your home by making small changes like taking shorter showers and watering your plants and lawns less often. Here are a few resources to help make water wise decisions this summer.
- Take shorter showers! You can reduce your water usage by up to 10 gallons if you take a five-minute shower. If you live in Tacoma, you can pick up a free shower timer at their main administration building.
- Consider putting a bucket in the shower while the water is heating up and using the water you saved to water your plants
- Water your lawn and garden less often. Use some of these tips and tricks for smart watering.
- Check for leaky faucets inside, and leaky pipes outside
Use Every Drop
Around the world, millions of people are without access to clean water. Here at home, many of our cities are facing droughts and massive water shortages. You can do your part by getting the most out of your water – and using every drop. Here are a few tips you can try this summer:
- Wash full loads of dishes. Running the dishwasher only when it’s full can eliminate one load of dishes per week and save the average family nearly 320 gallons of water annually.
- Only wash full loads of laundry. Washing full loads is always the best way to conserve water. Here are a few more tips to save water when doing your laundry
- Try collecting rainwater and use it to water your garden. This calculator will tell you how much rainwater you could save based on your roof size, and you can use this guide to make your own rain barrel.
- Fill a pitcher of water and leave it in the fridge so you don’t let the tap run while waiting for the water to get cool
Be Stormwater Savvy
One third of Washington’s water sources are threatened by stormwater runoff pollution. Stormwater pollution comes from many sources – including all of our driveways, parking lots and urban areas. Fortunately, there are individual actions we can take to reduce our impact and keep our water sources cleaner and healthier.
- Pick up after your pets. Help keep our waterways clean by carrying disposable bags while walking your dog to pick up and dispose of waste properly.
- Replace part of your lawn or garden with native and drought resistant plants
- Check your car for leaks and clean oil spills off your driveway. You can diagnose many leaks yourself by consulting www.fixcarleaks.org. If you have used motor oil to dispose of, many auto part stores and repair shops will take it. If you live in Snohomish county, you can find a drop-off location here.
- Wash your car at a carwash, not on your driveway.