Ready for some spring cleaning?
Nowís the perfect time to prepare your home for a fresh new Spring
season, while saving water at the same time. Here are some easy tips on
how to incorporate water-saving measures into indoor and outdoor spring
cleaning by Luis Generoso, Water Resources Manager for the City of San Diego:
Warmer temperatures and more daylight hours mean one thingÖ spring is right around the corner! For many people this means itís time for the traditional "spring cleaning" around the house. For others, it also means itís time to prepare their gardens for a season of successful growth. While getting everything tidied up both inside and outside the home, itís also a good idea to check your indoor and outdoor water use. Small improvements can add up to big water and monetary savings.
"Youíd be amazed how much water you can save by fixing leaks or installing water-saving fixtures in your home," said Chris Robbins, Supervising Management Analyst for the City of San Diegoís Water Conservation Program. "Upgrading your fixtures is an easy way to make water conservation a part of your everyday life."
Hereís some other ways you can incorporate water conservation into your spring-cleaning routine and landscape preparation:
necessary. You can save up to 150 gallons a week for each leak. For a comprehensive inspection, sign up for the City of San Diegoís free Residential Water Survey Program. A trained surveyor will analyze both your indoor and outdoors water use, and will make recommendations as needed. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 619-570-1999.
2. While youíre cleaning out your bathroom, install a low-flow showerhead. This type ofshowerhead can save you up to 75 gallons of water per week.
toward trees, plants and other landscaped areas. Mother Natureís rain will then take care of watering your landscape at no cost. Prevent water, as well as your money, from being wasted by turning off your irrigation system when it rains.
5. Delay regular lawn watering during the first cool weeks of spring to encourage deep root growth tomake a lawn healthier for the summer. Itís also the perfect time to adjust your irrigation schedule. To create a free watering schedule tailored to your plants and lawn, visit the Water Conservation Programís website at www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation to access the free Landscape Watering Calculator.
6. If you plan on cleaning your driveway, patio or sidewalk, remember to use a broom, not a hose.This will save you up to 100 gallons of water and prevent run-off of pollutants into our storm drains and beaches.
7. Cover your pool when it is not in use to prevent water evaporation. This will also preventleaves and other dirt from falling in.
Spring-cleaning does not seem like a big chore when it results in long-term water savings and lowered utility bills.
Try implementing a few tips at a time, and before you know it, using water efficiently will be second nature to you.
"Spring" into water conservation and make it a part of your life.
Courtesy RB NEWSJournal
February 19, 2004
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