Holiday WATER Saving Ideas

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During the holidays, family and friends gather for celebrations and that translates into more cooking and entertaining, more laundry,  more dishes, and using more water!     Here are some helpful tips from WaterSense and the Environmental Protection Agency that will help you ENJOY the season and SAVE WATER!

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Put it a plug in it. It’s a good rule of thumb to plug the drain when washing dishes in the sink or use a plastic wash basin filled with soapy water. This will significantly reduce the amount of water you waste by letting the tap run while you’re scrubbing holiday dishes.

Load it up! Don’t just fill up your guests this season—fill up your dishwasher. According to ENERGY STAR, dishwashers built before 1994 can use as much as 10 gallons of water per cycle. Ensuring your dishwasher is fully loaded each time you run it decreases the number of loads you’re doing and water you’re wasting.

Scrape the scraps. When plates return to the kitchen with food scraps on them, be water-efficient by scraping or wiping them off rather than rinsing every particle away with water.

Pour a pitcher full of savings. Instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool, save water by filling a pitcher with water and storing it in the fridge. An ice-cold pitcher of water makes a great addition to your holiday table.

Let the fridge do the work. Instead of running hot water over frozen foods, thaw them out in the fridge overnight. Not only will you cut your water use, but you’ll also save the energy required to heat the water.

Give your garbage disposal a holiday. Most garbage disposal systems use water to break down and dispose of wastes, which can impact your household’s water use. This season, consider adding food wastes to a compost pile instead of tossing them down the garbage disposal.

To learn more water-saving tips to use this holiday season and how to save water all year, visit the WaterSense Be the Change page.

From EPA.gov/WaterSense

Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: Saving Water by Cultivating Garden and Soil Health

Did you know that adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention?  Areas that are already planted can also be “top dressed” with organic compost or organic matter (that you make from compost and/or you buy at your local nursery).

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You can greatly reduce the amount of water used for shrubs, beds and lawns by:

•The strategic placement of soaker hoses

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•Installing a rain barrel water catchment system

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•Installing a simple drip-irrigation system

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Avoid over-watering plants and shrubs, as this can actually diminish plant health and cause a yellowing of the leaves.

Also, when hand water, use a variable spray nozzle (see image below) for targeted watering.

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: 5 Ways to Save Water in the New Year!

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The beginning of a new year always marks the start of making New Year’s resolutions!  So why not include “saving water” in your “to do” list!

Here are 5 great tips that are simple, easy resolutions!

•Buy recycled paper products.

Products made with 100% recycled paper require less water in the manufacturing process.  Recycled products also reduce waste going into our already overcrowded landfills.

•Carry a water bottle everywhere you go.

Avoid buying bottled water when you can bring delicious tasting tap water with you in a BPA-Free, recyclable container .  You’ll save money, your health (drinking water is healthier than drinking soda!)  and you’ll save on the environment.

•Eat at least one vegetarian meal a week.

Grains, fruits, and vegetables are among the healthiest foods you can eat and that’s why experts say that going vegetarian (having a meatless meal) once a week is not only healthy, it can also save on the environment.  Going meatless for one meal saves on the natural resources (water)  it requires to maintain livestock.

•Install water aerators in your home.

Install water aerators in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Using less water saves money and our natural resources!

•Water your garden and yard early in the morning.

Water will reach its target (the roots) when watered early in the morning.  If you water mid-day, the water intended for your lawn and garden will wind up going into the atmosphere vs. the water’s intended target.

Have a Happy Sustainable New Year!

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