POWERful Facts: Water Conservation

While not an energy source, water is still a utility and an important natural resource that needs to be conserved. For every gallon of water that is used, there is a charge not only for the water, but an even greater sewer charge. Below are some ways that you can conserve water at home, the office, and that students can conserve in our residence halls.

  • Toilets are a common source of leaks. If you put food coloring in the tank and it shows up in the bowl within 20 minutes, you have a leak. A bad flapper valve could be to blame.
  • Fix those leaky faucets. Two drips per second wastes 500 gallons per month. If you detect a leaky faucet on campus, notify maintenance so it can be fixed.
  • Run the faucet only when you need the water, not when you’re brushing your teeth or lathering your hands. If you need a lot of water, consider filling the sink and turning off the tap.
  • Time your showers. Excellent low-flow shower heads are available that use as little as 1 gallon per minute. If you don’t know how much water your shower head uses, see how long it takes to fill a standard 5-gallon bucket. If it takes less than 2 minutes, buy a better shower head.
  • If you take a bath, don’t fill the tub more than halfway. Better yet, take a short shower.
  • Only use the washer for full loads of laundry. Use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads. Pre-treat stains so you won’t have to re-wash clothes.
  • Minimize garbage disposal use. Compost food instead, which can save 900 gallons per year.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator, not under running water in the sink. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water. Keep a pitcher of cold drinking water in the refrigerator.

Thank you for your efforts in conserving energy and water and in making Meredith an earth friendly campus.

—Submitted by Dave Lyons, Meredith Energy Manger

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