Water Conservation Tips
The PUD has free water conservation kits available at the Administration Building in Port Hadlock. Contact Bill Graham at 385-8375 or via email if you are interested in obtaining one.
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Don’t run water continuously when washing dishes by hand.
- Attach “low-flow” faucet aerators to faucets.
- Take short showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water. A five-minute shower using a low flow showerhead can use as little as 7.5 to 15 gallons.
- Install “low-flow” shower heads and toilets.
- Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. With the tap running at full force, shaving takes 20 gallons of water,
teeth-brushing takes 10 and hand washing takes two.
- Check for leaky faucets and toilets, and then repair them immediately. A leaky tap, dripping once per second, wastes six gallons of water a day.
- Don’t run water continuously when washing your car. Use a nozzle on the hose to stop the water flow between rinsings. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Plan before you plant – consider plant needs for moisture, sunlight, etc. in advance.
- Improve the soil structure – work organic material such as peat moss or compost into the soil to help retain water and assist in plant growth.
- Aerating your yard once a year also will help it retain water.
- Cut down on grass – grass requires up to four times as much water as other plants.
- Cut back on the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs or ground cover or putting in rock gardens.
- Water efficiently – use a sprinkler with a low application rate (about one-third inch per hour) and check for even coverage. Established grass only needs an inch of water each week.
- Water your lawn in the evenings or early mornings to reduce evaporation.
- When you do water, water long enough for moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most good.
- Make the most of mulches – three to four inches of mulch on top of the soil, especially before spring and fall rains, will reduce water needs, moderate soil temperature and inhibit weed growth.
- Choose climate friendly plants – many native plants can survive on rainwater alone, and they’re more disease and insect resistant.
- Care for what you plant – weed and prune regularly to ensure water is going where it’s needed.