How can I save water in the Summer?

As temperatures rise, homeowners look for a break from the heat. Water is a precious commodity this time of year.

  • Air conditioning ducts: Check for proper insulation.
  • Swamp coolers: Install window air conditioners snugly and insulate if necessary.
  • Shades, awnings, or louvers: These can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.
  • Drinking water: Keep refrigerated so you don’t have to run the tap until the water gets cold.
  • Watering schedule: Water lawn and outdoor plants three (3) times per week in the early morning or late afternoon to prevent water evaporation.
  • Monsoon season: Use a cistern or rain barrel to collect rain water for plants and vegetation.
  • Rain: Do not water lawn or plants when it is raining.
  • Swimming pools: Cover to eliminate evaporation.
  • Car wash: Use a commercial car wash.
  • Sewer clogs: Summer rains mean sewer lines can back up more easily. Tree roots can also grow into sewer lines over the spring and summer months due to excessive rain. If you have any concerns, have a professional inspect your pipes.
  • Meter read schedule: Check your bill for the next date the meter is to be read.