Water conservation measures suggested

Water conservation measures and practices can help save water, lower your water bill and extend the life of your septic system. Here are some of the practices:

• Showers usually use less water than baths. Install water saving shower head that uses less than 2-1/2 gallons per minute and saves both water and energy.

• If you take a tub bath, reduce the level of water in the tub from the level to which you customarily fill it.

• Leaky faucets and faulty toilet fill-up mechanisms should be repaired as quickly as possible.

• Check toilets for leaks that may not be apparent. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Do not flush. If the color appears in the bowl within a few minutes, the toilet fill or ball-cock valve needs to be adjusted or the flapper at the bottom of the toilet tank needs to be replaced.

• Reduce the amount of water used for flushing the toilet by installing one of the following: A new toilet (1.6 gallon); a toilet tank dam; or filling and capping one-quart plastic bottles with water (usually one is all that will fit in smaller toilet tanks) and lowering them into the tank of the existing 3.5 gallon or larger toilet.

• Try to run the dishwasher with a full load, whenever possible.

• Avoid running the water continuously for brushing teeth, washing hands, rinsing kitchen utensils or for cleaning vegetables.

• Use faucet aerators that restrict flow to no more than 2.2 gallons per minute to reduce water consumption.

• Insulate all hot water pipes to avoid long delays of wasted water while waiting for the heated water.

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