Conservation Tips

Conserving Water: General Tips

  • Turn down your water heater when you are going on a long trip.
  • Get free distilled water for irons and humidifiers by straining rainwater through 2-3 layers of panty hose.
Here are some great resources from Colorado State University extension on how to conserve water at home and outside:

Household Water Conservation

Maintaining a Home Irrigation System

Saving water is critical for a long-term plan for efficient water use in Pueblo West.  Below are some simple daily actions you can take to conserve.

 

Check for Leaks

   Up to 10% of all households have water leaks! Tighten your faucets and valves. Check toilets for silent leaks.

Running toilet can also be an issue.
                                 

  1. To avoid broken pipes when you’re away, turn off your main shut off valve within your home. 

 

Install Efficient Water Fixtures

Watersense Labeled products use 20% less water than standard models. There are thousands of new faucets, shower head, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines that have been labeled WaterSense efficient. EPA WaterSense

 

           Conserve Inside:

  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. In other words, don't use it for garbage. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • Turn it off. Don't let the water run when brushing your teeth. You can save up 2 gallons of water a minute each time you shave by doing this. 
  • To shave, plug the sink and fill it with a bit of water for rinsing. 
  • Take showers instead of baths. A ten-minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses half the water of a regular bath.
  • Turn down your water heater when you are going on a long trip.
  • Wash full loads of dishes and laundry to save water and energy.
  • Avoid washing dishes under a stream of water. Turn off the water in between dishes. 
  • If you like a drink of cold water, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run to get cold water.
  • Use “wasted“ water from your fish tank when you clean it, to water household plants or plants in the garden because it contains great nutrients. 

 

Sprinklers 

Upon start up and shut down of the irrigation system check for broken heads or leaking solenoid.  Also check your stop and waste to make sure that it is turned on or off the full ¼ turn.  If it is not, it could leak into the bottom of the valve.

After you set your timer for the appropriate watering schedule, don’t forget about it. Monitor your sprinkler occasionally for misaligned heads and overspray. Re-program your controller to adjust for early and late seasonal changes.  

 

Conserve Outdoors

  • Buy a  Smart Controller to help save water by automatically adjusting your lawn irrigation schedule to the weatherSet the timer to water during the night from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. 
  • Adjust your timer to be in accordance with Peak Season rules.
  • Reduce the size of your lawn, which is a water guzzler.
  • If planting turf grass, put it in areas where people will use it actively for recreation with children and dogs. 
  • When mowing the lawn, set the blades a little higher (at least three inches) and your lawn will require less watering.
  • Plant native plants that require low to very low watering and thrive in our region.
  • Group plants in your landscape into hydrozones with a distinct watering schedule for each. Hydrozones are areas of landscape with plants and vegetation that have similar water requirements. This prevents over-watering some plants and under-watering others.
  • Mulch planting beds with newspaper, leaves, bark, or wood chips. Mulches retain soil moisture and improve soil quality.
  • Water your plants with a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system. Less water evaporates this way than with a sprinkler, and you target your watering.
  • If watering plants with a hose, make sure it has a shut-off nozzle, that way you only use water when you need it.
  • If you have a swimming pool, keep it covered when not in use.
  • Sweep sidewalks with a broom, not a stream of water.
  • Avoid watering when it is windy.
  • After a substantial rainfall, don’t water for 24 hrs. 

Evaporative Cooler Leaks

Occasionally the refill valve fails to close, causing a constant stream of water to enter the reservoir and drain out the overflow line.  The overflow line is often connected to wastewater drain, allowing the leak to persist for months or years before the water waste is detected.  The cooler can be easily checked for leaks by shutting off the equipment and observing any water draining through the overflow line.  Leaking coolers can usually be repaired by simply replacing the refill valve, re-circulation pump, or water lines. Make sure to disconnect the lines before temperatures drop and the lines could freeze.