Thousands of gallons–and lots of dollars–are likely wasted in your home each day. Help preserve planet Earth’s resources, and cut your water bill at the same time.
Flush a toilet, brush your teeth, heat a kettle for tea, and it’s easy to understand why the average Denver household uses about 85 gallons of water per day, according to Denver Water. Leave the water running or forget to repair a leaky hose, and that number could soar.
Of course, using water-efficient appliances and fixtures, and changing your habits, can greatly reduce the amount of water you use. And, with the region entering the second year of a serious drought, there are imminent concerns driving more people in semi-arid Denver to do just that.
In late March, Denver Water declared a Stage 2 drought for the first time since 2002. That means the 1.3 million residents in its service area can no longer leisurely water flower beds or deep-soak their lawns. As of April 1, there will be a mandatory watering schedule—only twice a week on assigned days. The water utility is also enacting a drought pricing structure to encourage less water use during this period.
Denver Water says it will need to save 16,000 gallons of water by next spring, or it will move forward to a Stage 3 drought declaration, which would ban outdoor lawn watering altogether.
Here are some ways to save water, potentially reduce your bills, and do your part to help conserve the region’s water supplies:
Minimize water use indoors. If you’re buying new appliances, select water-efficient models marked with a WaterSense label, an EPA-backed program identifying products that are 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance. Denver Water offers incentives and rebates to purchase some models. Some other tips:
Outdoor water use during drought conditions. More than half of residential water used daily in Denver occurs outdoors—more than in many other areas; here’s how to cut the amount:
Water’s precious. Let’s all do our part to use less, and preserve it.