With the weather heating up, it’s easy to use extra water. Whether it’s inefficient lawn maintenance or taking extra long cold showers to escape the heat, it happens. However, using water in a responsible way is actually pretty simple. Here are some suggestions to preserve the water we have and runoff from the generous winter we had this year.
Inside, be sure to check your toilet for leaks (learn how at TMWA.com), shorten your shower time (how fast can you go?), turn off the water when brushing your teeth, and use automatic dishwaters or clothing washing machines for only full loads.
Outside, be sure to use a broom or blower instead of a water hose to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps. Another way to save water when outdoors is to make sure you’re watering your spring garden and green grass only on assigned days and explore water-efficient landscaping.
Pro-tip: water your lawn during cool parts of the day (before noon or after 6 p.m.) so water isn’t lost to wind or evaporation.
Explore the Truckee Meadows Water Authority complete conservation checklist here.