You can conserve water indoors by repairing leaks, limiting shower times, running dishwashers only when full, and cleaning laundry only when the washing machine is full.
The greatest opportunities for water conservation can actually be found in your lawn watering schedule. In the summer months lawn watering can account for as much as 65% of total use. Too often, we overwater our lawns. The problem is, most people either water at a schedule that's convenient for them, regardless of their lawn's need for water, or they just don't know how much water a lawn needs and how to deliver it most efficiently. For that reason, we offer the following tips and tools. Most importantly, we request that our residential customers follow a two-day per week watering schedule:
Odd Addresses: Wednesday and Saturday
Even Addresses: Thursday and Sunday
This schedule has a number of benefits: It evenly distributes water use over a weeks time, which helps extend the life of our assets, and it leaves Monday alone – a chance for storage tanks to refill after a weekend of heavy water use.
If you would prefer to install an irrigation system, use our guidelines to help make your decision. Then, irrigate smarter with tips from the Irrigation Association. July is officially Smart Irrigation Month, but their tips can be used during other months too!
You can cut down on lawn watering altogether with a landscape that minimizes the need for watering. We offer a free, color guide to water wise landscaping, which you can request by contacting us or you can download a copy. The guide helps calculate your water needs, timing and frequency and shares some ideas for landscaping that's lighter on your hose, your wallet and your back.
In case of drought or extremely dry weather, Loudoun Water follows the region's drought response plan.
We're also a member of EPA's WaterSense program. Visit their website to locate water-efficient products. View videos that we posted to help promote their campaign, Fix a Leak week. For tips on water-saving opportunities in each area of your home, visit this interesting site: www.H2ouse.org. Learn how to reduce your water footprint: H2O Conserve.
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