Don't get caught doing one of the following activities. Be wise and protect yourself, your water, and the environment.
Don't wait a week to fix a leak.
Don't assume that a small leak will only waste a little water. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day. During the same period of time, a leaking faucet can drip over 600,000 drops.
Don't slip used motor oil into a storm sewer or try burying it in the trash.
Oil can leak into lakes, rivers, and wells. Just one pint can expand over an acre of water! Take your used oil to a recycling center and dispose of it properly.
Don't use the hot water tap when cooking.
This is a taboo and can shortcut your health. Lead dissolves more easily into hot water from lead pipes and solder. Cold water is better. Heat it on the stove when cooking or making baby formula.
Don't toss toxics in the trash.
Don't try to dispose of products such as batteries into the trash. Many contain lead and mercury, which can harm the environment. Some ordinary household cleaners can also contain ingredients that contaminate water. Make sure to take toxic materials to a recycling center or designated drop-off location for proper disposal.
Don't use your garbage disposal all of the time.
The average garbage disposal uses about one gallon of water per minute. Learn to compost. Many foods can be composted instead of thrown out or disposed of via garbage disposals, including vegetable trimmings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags.
Don't water your lawn at high noon.
Did you know that this is the worst time of day to water? The hot sun will evaporate the water you are trying to give your lawn. It is better to water early in the morning.