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WATER CONSERVATION INFORMATION

PLEASE CONSERVE WATER
The drought continues to impact the water supply in our area. To help conserve water we ask that residents closely monitor their outside water usage and cut back when ever possible. Outside watering should only take place between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Water conservation information provided by:
Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
2837 E. Highway 193
Layton, Utah 84040
(801)- 771-1677
www.weberbasin.com

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District offers a variety of classes during the summer months. To view the 2014 schedule click here.

FREE WATER CHECK!
Want a customized irrigation schedule for your landscape? Want to know what type of soil you have and how to make your irrigation system more efficient? Get a free water check and you will learn how to efficiently water your landscape so you can have an attractive landscape while saving water and money!

A water check is a series of tests done in your yard performed to determine how much water your irrigation system is putting out (precipitation rate), the infiltration of water into the soil, and the distribution uniformity (evenness of the application of water). A Weber Basin Water employee will conduct the irrigation tests and also check your soil type, turf root depth and sprinkler pressure. The entire process takes about one hour and the homeowner is left with a customized irrigation schedule and recommendations to improve irrigation.

The Water Check Program is a FREE service and is offered from May through August. To schedule an appointment in Davis & Weber Counties call 801 -771-1677.

For more information click here.

Indoor Water Conservation Tips

Faucets consume about 16 percent of the water used inside your home. Installing efficient faucet aerators can reduce faucet water use by 50 percent.

When used properly, dishwashers can be more efficient than hand washing. Only run the dishwasher when it's completely full, and use the water-level settings for the most efficient run.

If you don't have a dishwasher, here are some easy ways to save water:

    • Fill your sink with water for rinsing.
    • Don't run the water without plugging the sink.
    • Turn faucets off when not in use.

Perform an annual maintenance check on your evaporative (swamp) cooler. Check for and fix any leaks you find.

Use a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons per minute. That amounts to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.

Time your shower time and limit shower time to about 5 minutes. This coupled with a low flow shower head will save over 1000 gallons per month per family. You will also reduce your energy costs by using less hot water.

Toilet Tips

    • Toilets consume about 27 percent of the water used inside the home. You can save water and money by checking your toilets for leaks, replacing your flapper and installing a fill cycle diverter or upgrading to a high-effiency toilet.
    • Installing an early-closure flapper can save from one half to 1.5 gallons per flush. Investing in a high-efficiency toilet can save more than 4,000 gallons of water per person each year.
    • Check your toilet for leaks. Use food coloring in the tank, and if the color seeps into the bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing this type of leak can save up to 1000 gallons per month.
    • Don’t flush things down the toilet to dispose of them. Throw away tissues and other bathroom waste in the garbage can, which doesn't’t require gallons of water. (The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.)

Laundry Room Tips

Laundry consumes about 21 percent of water used inside the home. Each load of laundry uses between 27 to 54 gallons of water.

      • Purchase a high-efficiency washing machine and reduce water and energy usage up to 50 percent.
      • Only wash full loads to save both water and energy.
      • Use the water level setting if your washer has one. Some loads take less water than others.

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Sign up for a free landscape water check if you are having difficulty knowing how long you should water each area of your yard. For more information click here.

Try planting drought-tolerant and regionally adapted plants in areas that are hard to water or that receive little use. This may include narrow strips near sidewalks or driveways and steep hills.

Plant water wise plants in your landscaping. For a list of water wise plants click here.

Water your lawn areas separate from garden and bed areas. Flower beds, trees, shrubs have different water requirements and by separating them and watering them appropriately, you will save water and you will have healthier plants.

Take the time to set up your sprinkler timer to water appropriate for the season. Adjust the schedule based on the season to eliminate wasted water and provide adequate water for a healthy landscape. A once per month adjustment will eliminate wasted water and maximize plant health.

Visit one of the many demonstration or learning gardens along the Wasatch Front for landscape ideas and learn how beautiful water wise landscaping can be.

Take the time to winterize your irrigation system in October.

Avoid watering when it is windy.

Water dry or brown spots in your lawn by hand with a hose rather than running your sprinkler system. This will take care of the brown spot while saving thousands of gallons in not over watering the rest of the entire lawn to take care of the same brown spot.

Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

LAWN WATERING GUIDELINES

Lawn watering uses nearly half of the water around homes. Most of us tend to water too often and leave the sprinklers on too long. Use the following guidelines when watering your lawn.

  • Do not water between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Turf studies have shown that most lawns only need to be watered once every 3 or 4 days to stay healthy and green.
  • Watering every day creates shallow roots
  • Watering infrequently develops deep roots and healthier turf.
  • Grass roots grow deeper into the soil and become stronger with less watering.
  • If grass does not spring back after being stepped on, it's time to water.
  • Water only when needed.
  • Your lawn may need more water when it's extra hot or less when it's cool.
  • Water less when it rains.
  • Avoid watering on windy days.

Proper lawn watering can save a lot of water - and that saves you money. For more information on water conservation, please call the State of Utah Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources at (801) 538-7254.

Fun Water Facts

On an average lot size, the average irrigation for lawn will use 2000 or more gallons of water. For that same volume of water, you could wash 133 loads of dishes in your dishwasher or you could flush your toilet 400 times.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short- term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Even Mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.

One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters studied in a U-Washington study.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

If you covered a football field with one foot of water, it would be about 325,851 gallons. This volume of water is also referred to as one acre-foot. An average quarter acre lot uses over one acre foot of water in a season for landscape irrigation, but only requires less than ½ an acre foot to maintain it to the high standard that is expected.

Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riverdale City - 4600 South Weber River Drive, Riverdale, Utah 84405 - 801-394-5541 - email: info@riverdalecity.com