1. Running hose
. Uses up to 12 gallons per minute.
Ways to cut back: use a nozzle to avoid wasting water and consider washing your car at a car wash that recycles used water.
2. Shower head
. Uses 3 gallons or more per minute.
Ways to cut back: replace old shower heads with low flow versions and cut your use in half; shave 1 minute off your shower time and save 2 gallons per shower and up to 60 gallons per month for every person in your home.
. Uses up to 3 gallons per flush.
Ways to cut back: install low flush toilets and save at least 50% more water compared to older models.
4. Lawn sprinkler
. Uses up to 10 gallons per minute.
Ways to cut back: ensure sprinklers are directed towards the lawn, not sidewalks or driveways; limit irrigation use to no more than 2 days per week and water before sunrise or after sunset.
More Outdoor Water Use And Seasonal Irrigation Adds Up to Higher Water Bills
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s tiered rate structure encourages water efficiency, offers customer choices over how much water they use and pay for each month, and keeps water prices competitive for essential uses such as drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning.
Save Water and Money with these tips:
* Test sprinklers and spray heads to ensure they work properly and direct them away from paved surfaces.
* Healthy landscapes need only one inch of water a week.
* Remove water-hogging weeds. Mulch to retain moisture.
* Group plants with similar water needs and select drought tolerant varieties.