Despite there being "water, water everywhere" with the massive flooding throughout the Midwest due to spring's heavy snow melt, copious spring rains, and tragic and traumatic Missouri River mismanagement, area residents need be reminded that clean water conservation starts at home and proper applications can save home owners hundreds of dollars and thousands of gallons of water each year simply by following any and all of these tips:
*Replace pre-1992 toilets with High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs) to save up to 22,000 gallons of water annually.
*Shorten your showers by one minute every day to save more than 900 gallons of water annually. And if you trade your 2.5 gpm showerhead with a 1.75 gpm model, you can save more than 7,500 gallons of water annually.
*Fix leaky faucets and install low-flow aerators on kitchen and bath faucets to save hundreds of gallons of water each month.
*Use the appropriate water level and load size on the washing machine when doing laundry.
*Water your garden and lawns during the coolest part of the day, generally early in the morning, and don't water on windy days.
*Turn off the tap water while brushing your teeth or shaving to keep- excess water from going down the drain.
*Landscape with native or low-water plants to significantly reduce water usage outside the home.
*Install rain barrels to catch the water from your downspouts and use that to water your garden, flowers, and shrubbery.
*Use leftover water or captured rain water for houseplants, instead of pouring out a half-empty glass of drinking water.
You will save both money and water by employing these tips. And always remember - just like oxygen, we can't survive without water!