There Are Many Ways To Conserve Water in Pickens County, Georgia And They All Start With You…
- Your Lawn: Don’t over-water it. Over-watering increases the flow of fertilizers deep into the soil which in turn can eventually get to the groundwater supply, which is the drinking water source. A good way to determine if your lawn needs water is to walk on it, if your footprints remain, it’s time to water.
- Take Shorter Showers: Just by shortening your shower by two minutes can save five gallons of water…that’s 35 gallons per week!
- Get a Rain Barrel, Or Two: They provide free irrigation for your potted plants and garden. Combining the use of rain barrels with appropriate plant selection and mulching promotes water conservation.
- Laundry/dishwasher: Only run your clothes washer and dishwasher when full. You can save up to 1,000 a month.
- Your Water Bill: Check out your water bill for usually high usage. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
- Washing Fruits and Vegetables: Wash in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
- Shower Head: If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- Toilets: Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
- Fish Tank: When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
- Toilet Tank Leaks: Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Thawing Frozen Foods: Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
- Leaky Faucets: Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
- Leaky Toilet: Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.
- Teach Your Children: Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
- Upgrade Your Showerhead: Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
- Master Water Shut-Off Valve: Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
- Car Wash: Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
When you save water, you are also saving money on your utility bills. Saving water in Pickens County is easy for everyone to do. Share your water saving tips with family, friends and neighbors.
Something else to consider: Have your plumber re-route your gray water to trees and gardens rather than letting it run into the sewer line. Check with your city codes, and if it isn’t allowed in your area, start a movement to get that changed.