Great Albuquerque Home Water Conservation Tips
Wireless sprinkler rain sensor used to conserve water. Device is installed on a residential roof gutter

Water is the most crucial ingredient for the maintenance of life, second only to air in importance. Water is a limited resource that, if it is not managed properly, will lead to shortages shortly. A lot of water can be saved if people don’t use it as much as they should.

1. Check your toilet for leaks.

To make your toilet tank colorful, add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the color begins to emerge in the bowl after you have not flushed the toilet, you have a leak that might be squandering more than 100 gallons of water every day.

2. Stop using your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.

Every cigarette butt or tissue that you flush away also flushes away five to seven liters of water from the environment.

3. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank.

Fill the bottom of a one-liter bottle with an inch or two of sand or stones to keep it from tipping over. Add water to the bottle to fill it up completely and place it in your toilet tank, far away from the running mechanism. The bottle may save five gallons or more of water each day in an ordinary home without impairing the toilet’s efficiency. If your tank is large enough, you may even be able to fit two bottles in it at the same time.

4. Take fewer showers.

Taking a regular shower consumes between five and ten liters of water every minute. Batteries should be limited to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and get out of the shower.

5. Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.

Showerheads and flow restrictors are available at your local hardware or plumbing supply store for a reasonable price. They will reduce your shower flow to roughly three gallons per minute instead of five to ten gallons per minute. They are easy to put in, and your showers will still be purifying and invigorating even after they are done.

6. Take baths.

All but the shortest showers use less water than a half-full tub.

7. While brushing your teeth, turn off the water.

Before brushing, moisten your brush and pour a glass of water into the mouth to use as a mouth rinse.

8. While shaving, turn off the water.

Make sure there are a few inches of warm water in the bottom of the sink so that you can rinse your razor in it.

9. Check for leaks in faucets and pipes.

It only takes a little trickle to waste up to 50 gallons of water a day.

10. Use your automatic dishwasher for full loads only.

Around 25 gallons of water are used every time you run your dishwasher.

11. Only run your automatic washing machine when you have a full load.

Each cycle of your automatic washer consumes 30 to 35 liters of water.

12. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.

Instead, rinse your veggies in a large basin or sink filled with clean water.

13. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator.

This puts an end to the wasteful habit of running tap water to chill it before using it for drinking purposes.

14. If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.

If you have two sinks, fill one of them with rinse water. To rinse your dishes fast, if you have one sink, first stack all of your washed dishes on a dish rack and then rinse them with a spray device or a pan of water.

15. Check for leaks in faucets and pipes.

Wastewater is leaking at all hours of the day, seven days a week. Usually, a cheap washer will suffice to deter them from attacking.

16. Water your lawn only when it needs it.

Watering on a regular timetable prevents chilly periods or rain from occurring, which would otherwise minimize the requirement for watering. Take a step onto some grass. The fact that it springs back up as you shift your foot indicates that it does not require water.

17. Soak your lawn thoroughly.

When you water your grass, make sure to water it for a long enough period to allow water to sink to the roots, which is where it is required. A light sprinkle on the surface will evaporate and be thrown away, wasting valuable resources.

18. Drinking water during the cooler parts of the day

The early morning hours are preferable to the evening hours because they help prevent the formation of fungus.

19. Don’t water the gutter.

Distribute your sprinklers so that the waterfalls on your grass or garden rather than in regions where they may cause damage. Also, avoid watering your lawn on windy days since a lot of the water will be swept away into the streets and walkways by the wind.

20. Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.

Many magnificent trees and plants can grow in the absence of irrigation.

21. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.

Mulch has the effect of slowing the evaporation of moisture.

22. Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps.

The use of a hose results in the waste of hundreds of gallons of water per year.

23. Don’t run the hose while washing your car.

Make use of a pail of soapy water to wash down your automobile. Only a hose should be used to rinse it off.

24-Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers.

Children like playing in the water from a hose or sprinkler on a hot day. Unfortunately, this wastes a lot of water used for other things. It should be avoided as much as possible.

25. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings.

It is simpler to overlook leaks outside the home because they do not mess up the floor or keep you awake at night. On the other hand, these leaks can be much more wasteful than internal water leaks, particularly if they occur on your main water line.