When changing your water filter you don’t have to waste water. Whether you have a water filter in your refrigerator, a water filter faucet, or a water filter pitcher they have something in common. Directions for the new filters say to run the water for quite a while or fill the pitcher a couple of times before considering the water drinkable. But you don’t have to just let that water run down the drain! Capture it in pitchers, and use it to water plants, or pre rinse dishes. It is still good water, just not filtered yet!
Water saving advice
Borrowing a post from another blog again for today’s Quick Tip for Friday
How closely to you check your water bill?
Reading the comparison information regarding USAGE may be the surest way to look for bigger problems.
Are you taking shorter showers and still paying more? We get accustomed to the prices of everything increasing, do you forgot to look how much water you are actually using and not just how much you are paying?
Increases in consumption can indicate a need to change habits, update appliances or serve as a warning for leaks in the household.
Put into practice the water saving tips we hear all the time (if you are not already doing so):
- Take shorter showers
- Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth
- Run only full loads of dishwasher or washing machine
- Reduce watering days for lawns etc to 1 or 2 days a week
If you don’t see enough change in consumption for the next billing cycle it may be a good idea to check for leaks or consider updating water using appliances such as dishwashers, toilets, washing machines, etc.
Follow up to my last post where I very easily fixed a watering system problem, because sometimes a leak in a watering system is more complicated than a screw off sprinkler head. For one thing, not all sprinkler heads attach that easily. 🙂
A break or hole in the line can be more challenging, to discover and to repair.
In this case there was damage caused to one of the pipes leading from one nozzle to the other. It was a pretty good-sized hole and a substantial leak. Luckily being in between two small rose plants bordering the space between the lawn and sidewalk made it quickly noticed by the homeowner.
However, there was only a small area to work with without disturbing the plants, as the 2 roses were only a few feet apart and that was a bit challenging.
Typically this repair is done by cutting out the broken section and replacing it with a larger diameter piece, but it takes a little room to work so you can cut, then get a good seal and apply the glue without a bunch of dirt getting in the line. I was in the neighborhood of my favorite hardware store, Kurt True Value, so I dashed over there for supplies.
I saw this and decided it just might be the answer to the cramped condition I was working with and I was back out the door!
As you can see I didn’t even have to make the hole any larger to complete repair. I cleared as much dirt as possible from the line with my shop vac and snapped the repair coupling over the existing line. Per the instructions I also sealed the seams with PVC glue but I was impressed with the seal even without it.
I did repair months ago and it is still holding strong!
We are in a drought here in California. A phrase I have been hearing my entire life, but I still take it seriously and try not to be wasteful.
I will be posting water saving tips as often as I can through the spring and summer months.
My water saving advice today is related specifically to sprinklers or watering systems and it is very simple.
Watch when your sprinklers or watering systems run to check for needed repairs or adjustments.
A few years back a neighbor told me about a broken sprinkler she happened to see because our sprinklers ran the same time she left for work everyday. We never happened to see it. Since then I try to check things out twice a year and it paid off this year. We ran a check on the watering system in the backyard recently and discovered a leak that could have gone undetected for a very long time.
As you can see in the pictures there was no obvious problem besides the puddle. Timing and location might have kept us from noticing this puddle for quite some time. There was a crack in a sprinkler head below the surface we w0uldn’t know about until we watched our system running to check for possible adjustments in spray pattern or timing.
It was a easy fix to replace the sprinkler head (it just screws off/on) and no more water is being wasted watering our pavers instead of the grass.
Take a few minutes to check out your watering system regularly , it’s worth it!