Start 2017 out the right way by saving water and money. Water – Use it Wisely can help with an interactive home water audit that is so user-friendly, the whole family can get in on the fun, while learning more about water conservation.

To get started, visit www.wateruseitwisely.com and click on the family water audit. Figure out how much water you’re using and commit to cutting back your water usage by 10 percent. Check out the helpful 12-month Water Planner also at the site to help with tips for conserving water throughout the year.

  • For starters, here are some basic things every household can do to save water.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  •  Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you, not the drain.
  • Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.
  • When you clean your fish tank, use the water you’ve drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
  • Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save four gallons a minute. That’s 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and/or sidewalk.
  • Do one thing each day that will save water. Even if savings are small, every drop counts.

For more water saving tips, visit www.wateruseitwisely.com.
There, you can also sign-up to receive a monthly water saving tip to remind you of your resolution and to keep you conserving all year long.

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