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5 Tips to be ‘Spring Water Wise’
Spring has arrived! Customers served water by the Hillsboro Water Department typically increase their water usage during the warmer months of the year. Here are five ways you can be ‘Spring Water Wise.’
Check for Drips
According to WaterSense, 10 percent of homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Taking 10 minutes to check your home for leaks today could save hundreds to thousands of gallons of water.
Install Water-Efficient Appliances
From the bathroom to kitchen, water appliances are commonplace and can be replaced with more water friendly models. Learn about rebates offered by the Hillsboro Water Department for purchasing and installing water efficient washing machines and high-efficiency toilets.
Water Your Lawn in the Morning
Watering during the hottest part of the day can lead to evaporation which will require you to water more frequently. Instead, water your lawn during the first part of the day when temperatures are at their coolest. Here are some additional ways to use water more efficiently on lawns and garden areas.
Choose Native Plants
The Pacific Northwest has many spectacular native, hybrid native, and other plants adapted to local climate and soil conditions. Once established, native and adapted plants are very low maintenance, require little to no pesticides or fertilizers, and survive well on minimal water. Find ideas on how you can use native waterwise plants to add color, drama, and texture to your garden.
Switch and Save
Switch to a WaterSense labeled showerhead, and you will automatically use 20 percent less water when showering. No other action needed. Of course, you could also take a shorter shower. Cutting just one minute from your daily shower could save about 75 gallons a month, or about 300 gallons for a family of four.