Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant.
In addition to saving money on your Dewees Utility bill, conserving water can also extend the life of your septic, and the Island’s water and septic systems.
Water Conservation Facts:
Most people in North America use 50 to 70 gallons of water indoors each day.
Indoors, 3/4 of all water is used in the bathroom.
In the average home, the toilet accounts for 28% of water use.
Here are water conservation tips for you to consider.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
- Check your toilets for leaks
Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.
- 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.
- Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. Also, long, hot showers can use five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. “Low-flow” means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
Also, all household faucets should be fitted with aerators. This single best home water conservation method is also the cheapest!
- Use low flow toilets
To cut down on water waste, “low flush” toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons.
Replacing an 18 liter per flush toilet with an ultra-low volume (ULV) 6 liter flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.
- Insulate your water pipes
It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is a big water savings.
With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers. New Energy Star rated washers use 35 – 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. If you’re in the market for a new clothes washer, consider buying a water-saving frontload washer.
- Turn off the continuous flow of water while soaking hands and brushing teeth
To help prolong the life of your grinder pump, which is expensive for you to replace, please do no flush the following items:
Wet wipes (even if they say flushable)
Feminine care products
Cleaners (unless diluted by use)
Syringes or medical supplies
All of the preceding items are harmful to the pumps and/or the sewer system. Also, if you are going to be away from your Island home for an extended period of time, it is helpful to flush the pump with a full bathtub of fresh water before leaving.
The idea is to have the grinder pump flush itself and be bathed in clean fresh water while not in use. Don’t use the toilet once you have flushed your system with the full tub of fresh water .
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Terry Schwartz, Operator In Charge (843.568.3998).
Kim A Knight
Dewees Island POA Inc. &
Dewees Utility Corporation
273 Old House Lane