Water conservation is important, now more than ever

If you follow guidelines to scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, you could save at least six gallons per day by turning off the tap while you scrub.

The state of Minnesota is officially in a drought this summer, and with no significant rainfall forecast for the foreseeable future, conserving every drop of water we can is the least we can do to protect this most valuable resource.

Chances are you and your family can improve on one or more of the following categories for water consumption in your household:

Showering: Be a short shower champion! In addition, change out that outdated shower head with a new, lower volume one, which can save as much as 13,000 gallons of water a year in the average household.

Toilets: Toilets use up to 24% of a home’s water consumption. Dual-flush models allow a smaller amount of water to be used when a less powerful flush will do the job. 

Washing machines: High-efficiency washers will get your clothes clean with less detergent and water needed (as little as 15 gallons of water per load)—they are also easier on your clothes, so your garments will last longer. 

Faucets: A drippy faucet is more than annoying—it is a huge water waster. Promptly tighten up leaking taps, and consider low-volume facets and flow restrictors that will use less water. 

Water Softeners: A necessity in our neck of the woods, a water softener will ultimately reduce water usage by making soaps work more effectively, but an older model will overuse salt and water excessively. Upgrading to a new model will save on salt and water, and ultimately, money spent. 

Source: MN Department of Natural Resources, Water Conservation for Residents


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