Below are a few helpful tips to help you and your family conserver water this summer, lowering utility costs and aiding in protecting valuable environmental resources.
The average faucet releases 2 gallons of water per minute. Just turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water every day.
A small leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day, and a running toilet can easily waste 200 gallons of water each day. At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons of water in a year.
Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks. Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Every time you flush a small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
Urban lawn watering is the single largest water demand on most municipal supplies. However, there are many ways to conserve water on the home landscape.
Make sure the irrigation system is operating properly.
Replace broken or missing sprinkler heads.
Make sure the spray heads turn properly.
Adjust heads so that water does not reach streets and driveways.
Group plants with similar water needs together.
Control weeds that compete with vegetables for water.
Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden, to keep track of the time.
Water between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid evaporation losses from hot and windy weather conditions.
Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables and reuse it to water houseplants and/or shrubs.
Have a family discussion on ways you can work together to reduce water consumption.
Use a broom instead of a hose to sweep your driveway and you can save between 50 and 80 gallons of water.
Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubs or trees.
Conservation and Environmental Resources
The City of Claremore asks its business and industry partners to join its efforts in preventing stormwater pollution and stay in compliance with laws and local ordinances. To aid in this effort the City has created a Conservation Resources Poral with helpful information for commercial hazardous waste disposal.
These resources include the State issued construction and industry permits for businesses regarding stormwater compliance.
To support these efforts, the City of Claremore also performs business inspections and educates the public on methods to prevent pollution. The Conversation Resource Portal contains examples of inspection forms and best management practice examples used by organizations to prevent pollution for entering the stormwater and sanitary sewer system. We encourage all local businesses to utilized the inspection example sheets to perform regular self-evaluations.
Recycling and properly disposing of chemicals are not the only ways you can help protect our environment and water supply. Responsible land and lawn care are also important practices to reduce impact on our water quality.
Below are a few easy steps you can implement today.
Eliminate or reduce the use of chemicals on your land.
Put leaves, grass and sticks in a compost pile. As a reminder, it is against local ordinance to blow leaves and grass into the street or storm drain.
Create a rain garden or pollinator garden.
Use native plants and grasses in landscaping to reduce the need for maintenance and water.
Check out the Conservation Resource Portal for more helpful tips.