Water Conservation Tips
Clean, potable water is one of our most precious resources. The Town of Fuquay-Varina is committed to providing each home in our service area with an adequate supply of this valuable commodity. You, as a resident of our service area can help by following a few simple hints for conservation.
- Just one faucet leaking at the rate of 1 drop per second can waste as much as 2,800 gallons of water per year. Not only does this waste our water, but it also adds greatly to your utility bill. An inexpensive washer will usually be enough to fix the leak!
- If your home is equipped with a dishwasher, wash only full loads. Every time you run your dishwasher it can use up to 25 gallons of water. If you wash dishes by hand, do not let the water run continuously when rinsing.
- A modern shower head utilizes about 2.5 to 3 gallons of water per minute. A 5-minute shower would use about 15 gallons. A tub bath will require 35 to 50 gallons.
- Aerator type faucets help reduce usage. Turning the water off while shaving or brushing teeth is another conservation tool.
- Did you know that your toilet can use from 1.7 gallons all the way up to 7.5 gallons of water each time it is flushed? A good tip is to fill a 2-liter bottle with water and place it in your commode tank. You save 2-liters per flush by this simple conservation method. Periodically check to see if you hear water running in your commode tank. A valve not properly seating can permit water to trickle into the tank and waste up to 1,200 gallons per month.
- When watering your lawn or plants, water by hand rather than by sprinklers. Direct the water to the plant’s root system, or to needed areas of the lawn. Do not allow sprinklers to deposit water on impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, etc.
- Water your outdoor landscape earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler. More water gets utilized by the plant and less gets evaporated.
- Consider planting drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive without irrigation.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps. Using a hose wastes hundreds of gallons of water.
- Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine which can save over 50% in water and energy use. This may help save on your water utility bill.