By Gretchen Pahia / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
(Pinal County, AZ) The hot summer months are usually a great time to splash in the pool, and cool off with sprinklers or a water hose.
However, before you flip on the faucet, or fill up that pool, there are some things you need to make sure you do to ensure you preserve and conserve water resources as we head into the heavily drought-ridden time of year.
Town of Queen Creek Water Conservation Specialist Connie Speelman offers easy-to-do tips to help make sure Pinal County residents have plenty of clean water to go around all summer long.
· Drop the fill line down a couple of inches to avoid splash out
· Properly manage chemical levels in your pool to reduce the number of times you need to backwash. When backwashing your pool, only run the water until it runs clear. It is not necessary to run it longer than that
· Check landscape watering system weekly. Turn it on manually for a few minutes and walk your property. Look for geysers, missing emitters, pop-up sprinkler heads that are missing, or broken pipes
· Avoid landscape water run-off. If running your sprinklers 20 minutes is too much water and you find run-off or have a slight slope to your property (water can’t absorb quick enough), be sure to choose cycle soak. Run sprinklers for 10 minutes, wait an hour, then apply another 10 minutes of watering. Do not wait too long between cycles as the water will evaporate rather than get the opportunity to soak deeply
· When installing new landscaping, remember we are in a desert. Consider using desert-adapted plants that would require less water to thrive
Inside Your Home
· Only run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load
· Purchase or use WaterSense labeled products. They are tested to use the least amount of water when operating while remaining efficient
· Take short showers versus running a bath. A bathtub full of water uses more water than a 5-minute shower
· Check toilets for leaks at least twice a year
· Check your water bills monthly for “gallons used.” If you see water use increasing and there isn’t a clear reason, you may have a leak
· If you will out of your home for an extended period of time and you do not have a swimming pool with an autofill, turn off the water supply to the home. If landscaping water system is running, be sure to have someone check it frequently
For more tips and information on conserving water this summer, check out the town of Queen Creek website for water guides. Click on Digital Landscape Guides link and choose Watering by the Numbers.