“We all know the value of water when the well is dry” – Benjamin Franklin
One of our specialties here at Saarman Construction is water: waterproofing & leak finding/fixing and just generally keeping water out of your building, with the exception of the water pipes. After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall in California we are in the grips of one of the worst droughts in our state’s history. So finding and fixing your leak is more important than ever for many reasons, not the least of which is conservation.
The state wrestles with just about 1/3 its average rainfall this winter. California’s drought is going to affect all of us in our every day lives; you might be water rationing as many communities are, or paying more money for produce, as prices are expected to increase 10 – 40 % this year or you could be affected by a wildfire caused by such dry conditions. One thing is for sure this drought is going to be a part of our lives for a long time; so increasing our conservation knowledge is imperative!
The trick for us will be to treat water differently. It is not renewable. We cannot make more. It is time for us to change our behavior and our technology. We can do better. When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact.
TIPS To Save Water!
- One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and shower-heads for leaks.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- If your toilet has a trickling noise, you have a leak. A toilet leak can lose up to 150 gallons of water per day. If you hear noises—please put in a maintenance request.
- Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water, a shower only uses 12 gallons of water.
- Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load. Select the proper pan size for cooking.
- Large pans may require more cooking water to wash.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
- Scrape dishes instead of rinsing, before loading them into the dishwasher. One drip every second ads up to five gallons per day! Be sure to turn faucets off entirely.
- Immediately report and/or fix any leaks.
- At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Use the car wash! It uses much less water than washing by hand.
- When you hand wash dishes, fill the sink instead of letting the water run.
- Your sink is not a water faucet for your cat. Use a bowl.
- Don’t use your toilet as a trash can.
- Put a clock in your shower so you are aware of the length of your shower. (This one may surprise you.)
- Put a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. That way you won’t need to run the faucet to get cold water when you need a beverage.
So, we here at Saarman are committed to saving water this year! Won’t you join us?