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Water conservation tips for a long, hot summer
July 4, 2009
LAYTON — Summer seems to have come all at once, and all at once in one day, it seems. After a record-breaking wet (and mild) June, temperatures are now in the upper 80s and 90s as the Summer Solstice has come and gone and July is now in full swing.
What better way to cool down than by watering off? Well, we still live in a desert, so here are some water conservation tips to keep in mind. And some fun activities to remind us just how precious a commodity our water is.
Indoor water conservation tips
• Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
• Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons per minute. That amounts to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
Outdoor water conservation tips
• Avoid watering when it is windy.
• Water dry or brown spots in your lawn by hand. This will take care of the brown spots while saving thousands of gallons in not overwatering the rest of the entire lawn to take care of the same brown spots.
Water conservation activities
• Saturday, Aug. 22, 10-11 a.m.; Free class “Planting for Color all Season Long”
• Wednesday, Aug. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Free class “Finding Joy in your Edible Landscape”
For a full class schedule and other water conservation information go to www.weberbasin.com. Classes are located at Weber Basin Water Conservancy District’s Learning Garden located at 2837 E. Highway 193 in Layton.
Fun Water Fact
Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3 percent.