Ways to Conserve Water During the Summer
We’re getting closer and closer to the first day of summer. Temperatures are rising and the weather is drying out. Dry spells during the summer can make well-owners a little nervous, so what are some ways you can start conserving water to prepare?
Cover the Pool
A nice cool swim in the pool during those steamy summer months is a treat, but on average a pool requires between 10,000 and 40,000 gallons of water to fill. That’s a lot of water! And most pool owners will find themselves topping off their pools frequently as the water levels decrease.
To avoid constantly adding more water, cover the pool! A pool cover keeps the water from evaporating when it’s not in use, which will means less refills and more water saved. We also advise against cannonballs and splash fights: while fun, these things tend to send water out of the pool instead of keeping it in.
Schedule Lawn Care
During those hot summer months with long hours of sunlight, evaporation is our biggest nemesis when it comes to conserving water. Lawn care is no exception. When you water your lawn can have a huge impact on how much water you’re using. Water during the hottest hours while the sun is at its peak, and your lawn won’t be able to absorb the water quickly enough before it’s turned into vapor.
Instead, water your lawns, flowers, and vegetable gardens in the early morning or late evenings when the sun is weakest. The water will have a chance to be absorbed in the soil, giving your plants the drink they crave, and you’ll find yourself needing to water less often.
Monitor Hose Leaks
When the weather gets warmer, we use our outdoor hoses much more: gardening, pool-filling, cooling off, etc. Check your hose periodically for leaks to make sure more water than is necessary isn’t dripping out without you realizing.
Use Your Local Car Wash
This is a more expensive conservation effort, but one surefire way to save water at home is to start taking your car to a car wash facility instead of cleaning it at home. Washing a car at home uses about 100 gallons of water per vehicle. A car wash facility is also easier for you, and saves you time as well as water!
While summer is known for droughts and dry spells, it actually does rain a fair amount. The problem is that these rain storms usually come in bursts, and happen so quickly that the water doesn’t have time to be absorbed into the soil before it evaporates once more to fuel the next afternoon’s thunderstorm.
One way to make the most of these storms is to collect the rainwater. Use a rainwater barrel, or even a clean trash can, to collect water for gardening or car-washing. However, make sure you use the water quickly. Still water like that can attract mosquitoes and other bugs, which can transmit diseases.
Other Ways to Save
This is a year-round venture, but making sure your toilets aren’t running continuously, that your faucets aren’t dripping, and that none of your appliances are leaking while they run will help conserve water. A continuously running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day! Shortening your showers, waiting to run your dishwasher until it’s full, and turning off the water while you brush your teeth are all ways to conserve water throughout the year.
Face the summer with confidence that your well will stay healthy this summer, no matter the weather! And if you have any questions about well health and conserving water, reach out today!