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How to save water outdoors

Save Water Outdoors
Save Water Outdoors
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With summer upon us, taking a scrutinizing look at your outdoor water usage is a good idea. Often outdoor water use greatly exceeds indoor water consumption due to watering the grass or filling up large kiddie pools.

A small leak that is only about the size of the head of a pin dripping at one drop per second can add up to seven gallons of water per day. This can add up on a water bill!

In the Great Lakes area, we are blessed with an abundance of fresh water. We are not affected as deeply during droughts as those in the South West and far Western states are. Even though we do not have water scarcity issues in North Eastern Ohio, we still need to be good stewards of our natural resources, including our water.

} Check your hoses to be sure they don't have holes or leaks.

} Invest in a drip irrigation hose to use on flower and veggie gardens. These hoses use less water since they apply water directly to the roots of the plants.

} If you have an irrigation system, watch an entire cycle to make sure it's working properly. Adjust the sprinklers if they are watering the street, sidewalk or driveway - only water the grass!

} Make sure your outdoor faucets aren't dripping and fix any leaks.

} Only water your grass or gardens in the morning or late afternoon to minimize evaporation and wind loss of water.

} Or don't water your grass at all!

} Invest in a rain barrel to harvest water off your rooftop instead of using water from the hose.

} Cover the kiddie pool when not in use to minimize evaporation and keep the water cleaner. Use an old fitted bed sheet to keep leaves and bugs out or while letting the pool breath, inhibiting bacteria that grow in warmer water.

} Consider adding some chemicals to your kiddie pool to use the water longer. Pool Solutions has a very informative page here.

} When dumping a kiddie pool, spread the water over flowers and through the grass instead of depositing it in one location.

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