Conserving water is a priority for the City of Bartlesville. Following are some tips on how to conserve water in your home or business.
• Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving. (Saves 4 to 10 gallons a day.)
• Never use your toilet as a wastebasket. (Saves 3 to 7 gallons per flush.)
• Don’t take marathon showers. (Saves 3 to 7 gallons per shower.)
• Run your dishwasher only when full. (Saves up to 15 gallons per load.)
• Run the washing machine only when full and adjust the water level setting carefully. Your machine uses 22 to 25 gallons per load. (Saves enough water for one to two loads every week; saves hot water cost, too.)
Faucets, showerheads & toilets
• A dripping, trickling or oozing faucet or showerhead can waste from 75 to several hundred gallons of water per week, depending on the size of the drip. Worn out washers are the main cause of these leaks, and a new washer generally cost about $1.
• Faucets typically use two to seven gallons per minute. Installing a low-flow aerator can reduce the flow by as much as 25 percent — or up to a gallon and a half per minute. Remove and clean aerators often.
• Leaky toilets make trickling sounds and can waste 50 gallons of water a day or more. Parts are inexpensive and fairly east to replace. Gardens and Landscape
• Water in the cool of the day (early morning is best), and repair leaky hose connections and sprinkler valves. Install rain sensors in timing devices to prevent watering when it’s unnecessary. And remember the One Inch Rule: If there has been an inch of rainfall during the week, you don’t need to water at all.