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Conserving Water Outside Your Colorado Home   Leave a comment

Now that the temperature is starting to warm up, it will soon be time to turn the sprinklers on. Water is NOT inexpensive, but there are a lot of ways you can save on your water bills. Last week, we talked about saving water indoors. This week we will tackle saving water outdoors.

Tip: When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.

  1. Always check your water bills and water meter. If you notice a sharp increase, check for leaks.
  2. Adjust your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  3. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  4. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
  5. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  6. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  7. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  8. Make sure your faucets, hoses and sprinklers don’t leak.
  9. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  10. Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
  11. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
  12. Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  13. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
  14. Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape.
  15. Wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.
  16. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  17. Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.

Tip: Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.

We all know that the “honey do” list can become monstrous.  But if you grab a wrench and fix a leaky faucet, you can save 150 gallons of water a week. When in doubt, call Reliable Sanitation if your plumbing leaks or your drains are clogged! We’ll be happy to help.

Conserving Water Inside Your Colorado Home   Leave a comment

Did you know that a typical household of four uses 260 gallons of water each day? The biggest water hog is the bathroom. Toilets use 40% of the total and showers/baths and faucets use 35%. By contrast, 15% is used in the kitchen, and 10% for washing clothes.

Each of us can help to conserve water, if not in big ways, than in small ways. For instance, no one wants to wash clothes by hand. However, using cold water and liquid detergent versus powder is more environmentally friendly. At Reliable Sanitation, we are all about conserving water. Here’s some tips to help you jumpstart your new water conservation ways that we have compiled from various sources:

Did You Know … If You Turn Off The Water While You Brush Your Teeth, You Can Save 25 Gallons A Month?


  1. To significantly reduce water use, replace your old 5 gallon per flush toilet with a new 1.5 or 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. This is the #1 way to save money in your bathroom!
  2. As an alternative to installing a new toilet, retrofit your old one with a water-saving device. Displacing volume in the tank means that less water is used for each flush. A clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand will work.
  3. If your toilet flapper doesn’t close after flushing, replace it.
  4. Leaky toilets can waste a lot of water. Replace the rubber flapper in the tank every two to three years.
  5. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.


  1. Install a low-flow showerhead. Don’t listen to the nay sayers that claim there’s not enough pressure. New designs range from 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute and still provide a powerful stream of water.
  2. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  3. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.

Laundry Room

  1. Front-loading washing machines use 40% less water than top loaders.
  2. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.


  1. Install low-flow faucet aerators.
  2. Wash only FULL loads in the dishwasher and select a low-water-use model.
  3. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  4. Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
  5. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  6. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.