7 Easy Water Conservation Tips

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It’s Tip Thursday!

In January, the Office of Disaster Preparedness (ODPEM) began urging Jamaicans to conserve water as we enter the typical drought season of the first three months of the year.

In the image above, these two men make their way from a makeshift stand pipe on Maxfield Avenue, near the intersection of Maxfield Avenue and Spanish Town Road, where most residents in this area have to get water because of the severe drought affecting Jamaica.

Here are 7 easy water conservation tips:

  1. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use.  Identify leaky pipes and faucets around the home and have them fixed.
  2. Don’t allow children to play with pipes, sprinklers and hoses.
  3. When washing the dishes, don’t let the water run.  If you have a double sink, fill one side with soapy water and the other with water for rinsing.
  4. Limit car washing.  If you must wash the car, use water from a pan or basin instead of a hose.
  5. Limit lawn watering.  If you must water the lawn, do so in the early morning or late evening when it is cooler to minimize evaporation.
  6. Take shorter showers.  A typical shower uses 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute.  Try using the water to wet your body to lather up and then for washing off instead of running it the whole time.
  7. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. You could save 25 gallons a month.

Have other easy tips to share?  Comment below!

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