Why Conserve Water?

At LaCassa Plumbing Inc., we understand the importance of water conservation for saving money and protecting our precious environment. Water is a finite resource; every drop saved helps preserve it for future generations. Here’s your ultimate guide to conserving water inside your home and in your garden, tailored for our community in Chicago, IL, and surrounding areas.

Conserving water is essential for several reasons. First, it reduces your utility bills, saving you money. Second, it helps prevent water pollution in local lakes, rivers, and watersheds. Reduced water usage also means fewer greenhouse gas emissions associated with water treatment and distribution. Third, water conservation can extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation and pollution due to leaks.

By conserving water, you help decrease the burden on municipal sewer systems, reducing the risk of untreated sewage flowing into natural water bodies. Community-wide water conservation efforts can even help avoid costly sewage system expansions.

Water Conservation in the Home

Toilets

  1. Avoid Using the Toilet as a Trash Can: Flushing cigarette butts, facial tissues, or small bits of trash wastes gallons of water. Dispose of them in the trash or recycle them where possible.
  2. Install Plastic Bottles in Your Toilet Tank: Place two plastic bottles filled with water and sand in your toilet tank. This can save 10 or more gallons of water daily. Ensure there’s enough water left for a proper flush to avoid multiple flushes.
  3. Use an Adjustable Toilet Flapper: This allows you to adjust the flush rate to the minimum amount necessary for a good flush.
  4. Upgrade to Low- or Dual-Flush Toilets: These models use significantly less water per flush, saving an average family thousands of gallons each year.
  5. Consider Composting Toilets: These toilets use no water and keep nutrients and pollutants out of waterways, though you should check local regulations before installation.

Laundry

  1. Wash Full Loads Only: Avoid the permanent press cycle as it uses extra water. For partial loads, adjust water levels accordingly.
  2. Switch to High-Efficiency Washing Machines: These machines use as little as seven gallons per load compared to traditional washers, resulting in significant water and energy savings.

Showers

  1. Install Water-Saving Showerheads and Timers: Low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons per minute. Consider a ShowerStart to pause running water once it gets warm.
  2. Take Shorter Showers: Turn off the shower while soaping up and use a timer to limit showers to a few minutes.

Faucets and Sinks

  1. Fit Aerators on Faucets: This easy and inexpensive method reduces water flow without sacrificing performance.
  2. Turn Off Water While Brushing Teeth and Shaving: Wet your toothbrush and fill a glass for rinsing. Use a filled sink for shaving instead of running water.
  3. Opt for the Dishwasher: It uses less water than hand washing, especially with water-efficient models. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes when using a dishwasher.
  4. Don’t Run Water While Cleaning Vegetables: Rinse them in a filled sink or a pan of clean water.
  5. Keep a Bottle of Drinking Water in the Fridge: This avoids running tap water to cool it down.

Leaks

  1. Check and Fix Leaks Promptly: A small drip can waste 20 gallons per day. Regularly inspect and repair leaks in faucets and pipes.
  2. Test Toilets for Leaks: Use food coloring in the tank to check for leaks into the bowl without flushing.
  3. Use Your Water Meter: Monitor your water meter before and after a period of no water use to detect hidden leaks.

Extending Conservation Measures

  1. Insulate Water Pipes: This helps get hot water faster and reduces water waste while waiting for it to heat.
  2. Recycle Water: Collect cold water while waiting for it to heat and use it for plants or flushing toilets.
  3. Eat Less Water-Intensive Foods: Reducing beef consumption can significantly lower your water footprint. Shifting to a plant-based diet helps too.
  4. Buy Less: Consumer products have a large water footprint. Reduce purchases to conserve water.

Water Conservation in the Yard and Garden

Car Washing

  1. Use a Bucket for Washing Cars: Use a pail of soapy water and only use the hose for rinsing. Consider waterless car washing systems for greater savings.

Cleaning Outdoor Areas

  1. Use a Broom for Driveways and Sidewalks: Instead of a hose, use a broom to clean outdoor areas to save water.

Swimming Pools

  1. Cover Pools to Reduce Evaporation: Pool covers can save thousands of gallons of water each season by minimizing evaporation.

Irrigation and Gardening

  1. Maintain Your Irrigation System: Regularly check and adjust your system to ensure it operates efficiently. Use timers to water plants at optimal times.
  2. Water Early in the Day: Morning watering reduces evaporation and helps prevent pests and fungi.
  3. Add Organic Matter to Soil: Improve water retention by adding compost to garden beds.
  4. Harvest Rainwater: Use rain barrels to collect water for your garden.
  5. Control Weeds: Weeds compete with plants for water, so keep them under control to conserve moisture.

Lawns and Plants

  1. Plant Drought-Resistant Species: Choose native plants and drought-resistant grasses for your lawn to reduce water needs.
  2. Mulch Around Plants: Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil and reduces the need for frequent watering.
  3. Efficient Watering Systems: Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems to water plants efficiently.
  4. Group Plants by Water Needs: Plant water-wise species together to optimize watering.
  5. Plant Shade Trees: Trees provide shade, reducing the need for water in shaded areas.

Water conservation is increasingly critical, especially in regions like Chicagoland. By implementing these tips, you can significantly reduce water usage, lower utility bills, and contribute to environmental sustainability. At LaCassa Plumbing Inc., we are committed to helping our community adopt water-saving practices. For more information or plumbing services, click here to contact us today.