Water Conservation Tips Every Connecticut Private Well Owner Needs to Know
As a well owner, you rely on Mother Nature for your water supply. When there’s ample rain, you most likely have ample water, and when there are long periods without precipitation, there’s a chance your well could run dry. Not only does this mean no water for your home, it could mean costly and timely repairs to your well. Conserving water is important for everybody, but as a well owner, it is crucial. Here are some helpful water conservation tips that you can put into action today, so you can help maintain your fruitful water supply all through the dry months:
Take Advantage of Technology
Thanks to both awareness and advances in technology, more and more water-preserving options are available for your home. If you can repair or replace inefficient fixtures, appliances, and equipment, you can save huge amounts of water. Here are a few places to start:
- Repair any leaky toilets or faucets. A toilet that is leaking can waste several hundred gallons per day, and a leaky faucet can waste 20 gallons or more.
- Install water-reducing devices on faucets to minimize their water flow.
- Put a water displacement device in your toilet tanks (like a gallon jug) to reduce the amount of water used per flush. Or you can go the extra mile and get one of the new toilets made to use less water.
- Upgrade to a high efficiency clothes washer, which can save you about 27 gallons of water per load.
- Switch to a water-efficient dishwasher, which can save you about seven gallons of water per load.
Change Your Actions
Some of the above options are affordable, and some can be quite expensive; however, one thing that is always free is changing your behavior. Some of these may seem like minor changes, but they all add up to a huge decrease in water usage:
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. If there are four people in your family, this can save over 200 gallons of water each week.
- Use a small amount of standing water in the sink to rinse your razor instead of running water.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash receptacle.
- Cut back on the amount of time you simply stand under the shower water.
- Use a pitcher for drinking water instead of running the tap every time you get thirsty.
- Only run the dishwasher or clothes washer when it is full.
- Your yard probably doesn’t need as much water as you give it. Most lawns only need one hour of watering per week to stay green and healthy.
- Set your sprinkler to go off at night so the sun can’t soak up the water before it gets absorbed into the grass.
- Keep your grass just a little bit taller than you do now (three inches is a good goal) because the longer the grass is, the less water will evaporate.
- Make sure you aren’t wasting precious water getting your pavement wet.
- Use a bucket of water to wash the car instead of the hose.
- When you have debris on your pavement, use a broom to remove it instead of the hose.
When you take small steps each day to conserve water, you may be able to help prevent your private well from drying up no matter what Mother Nature has in store. For more water conservation tips, or for assistance in increasing your well’s water storage size, contact Greco & Haines today.