Water conservation is a great way to help the environment. Limiting wastewater will divert water from rivers, bays, and estuaries, while reducing the overall energy used to treat water. In addition to the aid to the environment, water conservation can help your septic system! The less water you use, the smaller the load is in the drain field, which will extend the life of your septic system overall. In order to properly conserve water, first you’ll need to know how. Here are some strategies that can help!
1. Consider Your Guests
During this time of the year, it’s very common to have lots of guests in your home, including overnight guests. When you have guests in your home, your water usage is bound to increase. However, you can take a few steps to minimize the increase. Try to stagger your showers and avoid multiple people taking showers at once. Avoid running your shower at the same time as your laundry. Lastly, encouraging your guests to practice the water conservation tactics below can go a long way in reducing overall water usage.
2. Fix Leaks in Faucets and Toilets
Leaky toilets are the #1 cause of excess water usage in the home. If the leak is severe enough, you could waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. A leaky faucet can waste ten or more gallons of water per day. To ensure that these fixtures don’t waste water, be sure to take care of all leaks as soon as you notice them.
3. Turn the Water Off
A great way to conserve water is to make sure you never leave the water running. Any time you’re shaving, washing your hands, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or performing any other task in the sink, shut the water off when you’re not using it. You may not think about it, but leaving the water running while you perform these tasks can add up to a lot of wastewater over time. Therefore, shutting off the water in between these tasks can save lots of water.
4. Only Flush Approved Items
Flushing items down your toilet that aren’t made to be flushed can damage your system. Because these items take extra effort to be broken down, the flushing process will waste extra water. Are you unsure which items should be flushed and which ones shouldn’t? Click here to check out our guide! Be sure to throw these items in the trash to conserve water in your home.
5. Use Water Efficient Fixtures
Using fixtures specifically designed to be water efficient can reduce your water usage up to 50%. Items such as low flow shower heads, sink faucet aerators, and low-flush toilets can significantly improve water efficiency. Although they might cost a little extra to install, the reduction of water use and the improved longevity of your septic system will save you money over time.
6. Fully Load Washing Machines and Dishwashers
When you run half-full loads in these appliances, you’ll run them more often. These types of appliances use significant amounts of water, and therefore should be used sparingly. Running these machines only when they’re completely full will cut down on their overall water usage. If you have a newer model of these appliances, you should adjust the setting for the proper load size to ensure the machine only uses the minimum amount of water necessary to clean your items.
7. Pace Your Laundry
Because washing machines use so much water, they should be used as infrequently as possible. When you do multiple loads of laundry at once, you can overtax your septic system, as an excess of water will flood the system. Instead, space out your laundry over the course of the week to ensure that your system does not become overloaded.
8. Keep Cold Water in the Fridge
One activity that you might not realize wastes water is filling a glass to drink. Typically, when you fill a glass, you will let the water run for an extended period of time until the water is sufficiently cold. This action can waste a significant amount of water over time. When you keep water in the fridge, you can be sure that you always have cold water to drink without leaving the faucet running unnecessarily.
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