Tips for Conserving Water

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To protect our precious groundwater supply, the Lower Platte North NRD encourages everyone to conserve water whenever they can. Conserving water isn’t just good for the environment - it’s a good way to save money too. Here are some guidelines you can follow that can help you greatly reduce water use:

Irrigation Efficiency:

Irrigation is the largest water use in Nebraska. By taking steps to improve efficiency, irrigators can greatly reduce water use and save money:

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Flow metering

Using an ultrasonic flow meter, the NRD can quickly and easily check your irrigation system’s efficiency. Contact Russell Oaklund to schedule an appointment.

Updating equipment

Switching from gravity to pivot irrigation or from high-pressure to low-pressure systems can save a significant amount of water and lower your costs over time.

Tracking water use:

Installing a water meter or time totalizer can help you track your water use. This will help you be more precise in your water applications (saving on fuel costs and using water efficiently), and can also help identify leaks or other problems with your system. For more information on using a meter or time totalizer, contact Russell Oaklund.

Water Your Lawn/Garden Efficiently

Outdoor watering can account for a large percentage of your overall water use. To help reduce this, use efficient watering practices:

Fix Leaks

Leaks in your fixtures can add up quickly. Dripping faucets and leaking toilets can easily waste 40-50 gallons of water per day or more.

The most common source of leaks is the toilet. To check your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food dye in the tank and wait 15 minutes. If color appears in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired. Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper or adjusting the water level.

Dripping faucets can usually be repaired by replacing the rubber washer or O-ring inside the valve.

Check for other leaks by turning off all water taps, recording the water meter reading, and then comparing it to the reading 3-4 hours later.

Take Quick Showers

Bathing is the third highest use of water. Taking a quick shower rather than a bath can save as much as 20 gallons.

Wash Full Loads

When using a clothes or dish washer, wait until you have a full load to avoid wasting water. Clothes washers can use as much as 30-35 gallons of water per cycle. A full dishwasher is more water efficient than washing the same load by hand.

Don't Waste Water

A few common-sense measures can help you reduce water used for everyday activities:

Reuse Water

Don’t waste your “gray” water - put it to use:

Install Water-Saving Equipment

By installing water-efficient equipment and/or replacing old fixtures and appliances, you can achieve significant water savings.

Toilets:

Older toilets (installed prior to 1994) use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush and as much as 20 gallons per person per day. To reduce that amount, consider:

Showers:

Older showers (installed prior to 1994) can use up to 6-8 gallons per minute (gpm). Consider replacing older showerheads with new water-efficient showerheads that use 2.5 gpm or less.

Sinks/Faucets:

Consider installing aerators on your faucets to help reduce water flow. An aerator can reduce water flow up to 50% while adding air to make the flow appear the same. Aerators with flow rates of 1.5 gpm or lower are available for a few dollars.

Washing Machines/Dishwashers:

Newer appliances can be considerably more water-efficient than older ones. When purchasing new appliances, look for the EnergyStar label, compare the amount of water used for the same tub capacity, and check for other water-saving features. “Horizontal-axis” washing machines (usually front-loading) are more efficient than top-loaders, and can use up to 1/3 less water per cycle.

Water Softeners:

Consider replacing an old traditional water softener with an “on-demand” model. On-demand softeners use less water by responding to actual water use and water hardness rather than a timed schedule.

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Lower Platte North NRD
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