Whether we’re experiencing a drought, or a rainstorm brought on by the temperamental La Nina weather cycle, water conservation should always be a top priority. Fortunately, there are numerous resources available to assist in conserving water within your house and yard. And, because your water bill is based on how much water you use, conserving water saves you money.
What you can do to save water
If you want to reduce your water consumption or just make your home more efficient:
- Check your irrigation system. In Arizona, it’s estimated that 70% of a family’s water consumption happens outdoors. Check your lawn or garden’s irrigation system to make sure it’s working properly and not watering where it isn’t needed. Look for leaks and avoid over-watering.
- Get drought-conscious. Consider planting drought-tolerant plants that don’t require as much water to thrive, and adjust your irrigation timer as the seasons change.
- Fix those leaks. A leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water every month. Check your toilet for leaks regularly by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color appears in the bowl after 15-20 minutes, you have a leak.
- Inspect Water Pressure Regulator As part of your annual home maintenance, have a plumber check to see if your water pressure regulator is still in good condition. If your neighborhood’s water pressure is too high and your regulator is too old, there’s the risk of a burst that can cause expensive damage and water loss.
- Install new fixtures. Low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucets consume significantly less water and are one of the fastest ways to reduce your home’s consumption. Free conservation kits are available and come with a low-flow showerhead to help you get started saving water. An energy-efficient dishwasher can also help reduce your electric bill.
Customer conservation kits and rebates
If you are an EPCOR customer can request a free conservation kit that includes a low-flow showerhead along with info on reading your water meter, doing an outside irrigation audit, and other water-wise tips. To get started, email them at [email protected]