Warm weather has arrived and water use has increased. This increase is primarily from landscape irrigation. In an effort to minimize the peak demand on the water systems, consider saving water in the following ways: 1246430053561

Go to the Car Wash

Washing a car at home can easily use 100 gallons of water. Commercial car washes often use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water, which they recycle.

Check for Leaks

According to the EPA, leaks from toilets, faucets, showerheads, outdoor faucets and hoses can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year.

Water Your Yard in the Morning or Evening

Water evaporates quickly when the sun is high. A drip irrigation system works better than sprinklers, as it sends targeted amounts of water exactly where you want.

Rethink your old inefficient toilets. Toilets account for nearly 30% of indoor water use. Replace an older toilet and save up to 13,000 gallons of water annually.

Shorten your shower

Trimming just 2 minutes off your shower can save up to 1,750 gallons of water per person each year. Save more by turning the water off while you apply soap and/or shave.

Use the dishwasher

Hand-washing dishes takes 27 gallons of water compared to just 3 gallons for a new Energy Star-rated dishwasher.