Water Conservation

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  • If you are building a new home, or remodeling an existing one, install low flow faucets and fixtures.
  • Take short showers rather than baths. Use low flow showerheads. Less water is typically used during a shower than during a bath.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Avoid flushing toilets unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
  • Insulate your water pipes.
  • Turn off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth, or hand wash dishes.
  • Avoid running water in the shower while you are shampooing or soaping.
  • Attach a pistol-type sprayer to the end of your garden hose.
  • If you water your lawn, do so only when absolutely necessary. Lawns need only one inch of water per week from all sources. If there has been an inch of rain in the week, you don’t need to water.
  • Use mulch around trees and shrubs and in garden beds.
  • Use plant varieties that are adapted to you locality and soil conditions.
  •  Use an inexpensive rain gauge to measure rain and watering efforts.
  •  Never water at mid-day to prevent high evaporation and sunburned grass.
  • Use shut-off nozzles on hoses and automatic shut-off devices on irrigation systems.
  • Limit pesticide and fertilizer use.
  • Practice good septic system maintenance.
  • Your help in following these tips will help in protecting the water resources of Norton.