Summer is hot. In the Phoenix area, we might only get a 2 inches total of precipitation, so we know you have to learn how to conserve water outside and inside.
Fountain Hills has gathered some tips to help you conserve water this year, and save you money in the long run, besides the usual tips (turn off water while brushing your teeth, buy a low-flow shower faucet, take shorter showers, etc.).
In the House:
- Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks by reading it before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. (If the meter doesn’t read exactly the same, there is a leak.)
- Add some food coloring in the toilet tank. Do not flush. If color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, there is a leak that needs to be repaired immediately.
- Instead of using your garbage disposal to dispose of food waste, consider starting a compost pile. Using a garbage disposal requires a lot of water.
- Dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand, and the best way to save water is by scraping dishes clean without pre-rinsing, and only use when it’s completely full.
- While you wait for hot water to fill your sink or tub, collect the cool water to use for watering plants.
- Use the Smart Home Water Guide to learn how to find and fix leaks that can be costing you money.
- Add a layer of mulch around trees and plants, as mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth.
- Think your lawn constantly needs water? Try stepping on the grass—if it springs back up when you remove your foot, it doesn’t need water.
- Letting the grass on your lawn grow to 2-3 inches promotes more water retention in the soil.
- Install a rain barrel to use to collect water throughout the year. You can save the water to use during the drier months.
- Cover your pool when it’s not in use to make sure the water stays in your pool rather than evaporating.