Most of us take for granted an abundant supply of clean, fresh water. We meet our daily demands when we turn on the faucet and get seemingly unlimited running water. As the demand for water increases, water conservation and efficiency will be more important to protect water resources, especially during the spring and summer months.
Just how much water do we use each day? Studies show wide variations in different parts of the country, and also between urban and rural households. On average in metro Atlanta, a typical consumer uses 90-100 gallons of water per day. The largest indoor use of water in single-family homes is for toilets, followed by faucets, showers and the clothes washer, according to the Water Research Foundation. It is also estimated that approximately 13% of indoor water use is lost to leaks.
Each Kit Includes:
Two bathroom 1.0 GPM (gallons per minute) faucet aerators by Niagara Conservation. These aerators are EPA WaterSense certified and can save up to 55% over pre-1993 standard water fixtures.
One kitchen 1.5 GPM swivel action faucet aerator by Niagara Conservation. This aerator is EPA WaterSense certified and can save 32% more water over standard faucets.
2 Pack of toilet dye to help detect toilet leaks.
Water Saving brochures containing water conservation tips and other information.
Eligibility: If you own a home built in 1993 or before and are a water customer of the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department, then you are eligible to receive the water conserving kit. Please call 706-781-2160, ext. 2902 for additional information. There is a limit of one kit per service address. Kits may be picked up at the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department, 110 East Main St., Suite 150, Cumming, GA 30040.
If the washing machine has a water-level control, adjust it to the laundry load size to prevent unnecessary water use.
Check the wash machine hoses and look for leaks periodically.
Hand-wash several items at the same time. Use the final rinse water from one group of items as the wash water for the next group.
Before using a permanent press cycle, read the manufacturer's directions. This cycle may fill the tub an extra time, which can use extra amounts of water unnecessarily. If so, use a different cycle.
Do not water when it is windy or during the heat of the day. Set an alarm to remind you to move manual sprinklers to another section of lawn or to turn the water off.
Be alert to water waste while watering your lawn. If you see water running down the driveway, into the street, or down a storm drain when watering, adjust your sprinklers or irrigation system to direct water back onto your lawn or reduce the total amount of time you are watering.
Check hoses, hose nozzles, and outdoor faucets periodically for leaks and malfunctions that can waste large amounts of water.
Water brown spots separately so that you do not over water adjacent areas.
During periods of limited rainfall, reduce the amount of fertilizer applied to avoid water-demanding new growth.
When you plant new grass, try a variety that withstands dry weather. Contact the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for more details in grass types to select for your area.