Tips For Doing Your Part To Minimize Water Usage

If you have watched the news or read the newspaper recently, you are probably aware of the severe drought being experienced through much of the United States. In fact, in March of 2016, President Obama released an aggressive plan for the federal government to more effectively deal with the historical drought that is thought to be impacting about 12.5% of the country.  However, it is important to note that in order to minimize the drought and keep cities from running out of water entirely at some point in the near future, it is essential for everyone to do their part. If you would like to make responsible choices at home to save more water, the following information will be very helpful.  

Reconsider And Inspect The Way You Water Your Lawn

While you are probably already aware that low-flow toilets and showerheads are a good way to reduce your use of water, you may not be as familiar with other items that can be of similar benefit. For instance, if you have used a sprinkler in your yard for some time, you should take a few minutes to make sure that there are no leaks or imperfections that could be allowing water to leak. 

It will also be a good idea to speak with your plumber to make sure that any other watering systems you may have in place, like an in-ground water release or drip-irrigation systems are fully functional, as they can also allow water to be wasted. If your irrigation system does not already feature it, you may also want to consider adding on a rain shutoff device, soil moisture sensor, or humidity sensor in order to always be sure that you are only providing the amount of water that your yard needs to be healthy. 

#2-Think Green When You're Updating Your Plumbing

You may have heard about ways to re-use your water, but actually doing so can seem a little messy and unsanitary. Fortunately, your plumber can update the plumbing in your home to do most of the work for you. One option is recycle-ready plumbing, which is a type of ecologically responsible plumbing that diverts and reuses much of the used water from your home. The obvious exception would be toilet water, as that will be diverted separately.

The new fixtures divert the water from showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines to a special tank where it will be chemically treated. When oils and other contaminants have been safely removed, that water can then be used again to water your lawn or flush commodes. You will immediately use and waste less water  

In conclusion, your plumber is an invaluable source of information when you are trying to use and waste less water. Therefore, it is a good idea to ask him or her about the options listed above. 

For plumbing services, contact a company such as Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling