American Water Offers Top Ten Water Conservation Tips for Summer
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
For many Americans, Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to a
summer season of backyard barbeques, beach going and weekend road trips.
It's also the start of peak season for water consumption in many states.
According to the U.S. EPA's WaterSense
program, water consumption in the average American home on summer days
can spike to 1,000 gallons per day, compared to 260 gallons per day
during "off peak" season.
Because increased water consumption can put a strain on local supply and
a dent in home budgets, American
Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company, has released a "Top Ten" list of consumer
tips for conserving water and identifying and preventing leaks.
Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy test to tell if your
lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If the lawn
springs back you don't need to water, but if you leave footprints,
water may be needed. An added benefit of watering less often is that
fewer, deep-soaking waterings encourage deep root growth and stronger
Water in the early morning. As much as 30 percent of water can be lost
to evaporation by watering during midday.
Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway or
Forego the hose and wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead.
According to EPA WaterSense, a hose left running can waste as much as
six gallons per minute while a bucket and sponge uses only a few
gallons to do the job.
Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full and adjust
the water level of your washing machine to match the load size. If you
have a water-saver cycle, use it.
Keep a bottle of cold tap water in the refrigerator. You'll avoid the
cost and environmental impact of bottled water and you'll have cold
water available in the summer without running the faucet.
A short shower is better than a bath! A full bathtub can require up to
70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25
Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons per
Regularly check your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks and have them
fixed promptly. An easy test for toilet leaks from EPA WaterSense:
Place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color tints the
water in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak. Another method is
to check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no
water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a
leak. Downloadable leak detection kits are also available on American
Water's website (www.amwater.com)
in the Learning Center.
In addition to regularly providing conservation education to customers,
American Water recently created a PSA campaign in conjunction with the
Student Conservation Association and the EPA, to educate consumers about
wise water use. Currently airing on more than 80 stations across the
country, the PSAs and links to useful water conservation resources can
be viewed at www.savewatertoday.org.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who
provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to
approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of
In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary
with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance
of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.
Denise Venuti Free, 856-309-4690
Source: American Water
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