In Florida, we are fortunate to experience regular rain, especially in the spring and summer months. With climate change, however, there is always a concern about a severe drought plaguing the region. Add to the fact that Florida’s population continues to grow and the Florida aquifer system is beginning to show signs of straining, it is important to participate in well water conservation. In this article, we will offer tips for homeowners to follow in order to participate in well water conservation.
Where Is Water Used the Most?
In a typical family, the biggest usage of water comes from three main areas:
- Outdoor Usage
- Kitchen Usage
- Bathroom Usage
Outdoor Water Usage:
Many homes in Florida are known for their green lawns and immaculate gardens. By limiting the number of days a week you water your lawn, will significantly help conserve water. Additionally, by watering your lawn either in the evening, middle-of-the-night, or early morning, you will ensure that the water has the opportunity to be absorbed into the ground and the root system of the plants before evaporating. Lastly, if you are diligent in making sure you do not water during the wet or rainy days, this will not only conserve water but also allow the aquifer to recharge itself.
Another spot that gets heavy water usage is the kitchen. There are many steps a person or family can take to conserve water in the kitchen. Please note that the following list is just a few suggestions and is not meant to be comprehensive:
- Whenever possible, use a dishwasher as oppose to handwashing dishes. Dishwashers are designed to use an optimal amount of water to properly clean and sanitize the dishes. A dishwasher is most effective when it is full.
- Fix leaky or dripping faucets
- Defrost food in the microwave as opposed to under running water
- Soak pots, pans, and dishes as opposed to rinsing under running water
- Steam vegetables as opposed to boiling. Steaming uses less water and retains more nutrients
- Use water leftover from cooking to water your plants and garden
The majority of water consumption of any family is from bathroom usage. By reducing the amount of water used in the bathroom, will reduce the overall amount of water used and place less of a strain on your well system. Below are some steps a person or family can take to conserve water in the bathroom. Please note that the following list is just a few suggestions and is not meant to be comprehensive:
- Fix leaky or dripping faucets
- Use high-efficiency toilets
- Install water-efficient showerheads
- Limit that amount of time in the shower.
- Turn off the water while shaving and brushing your teeth.
- While waiting for water in the shower or bath to warm up, capture the cold water in a bucket to use for mopping or watering plants.
Perform Regular Maintenance on Your Well
By having regular maintenance performed on your well, you will ensure that is working in an optimal, efficient manner. This will conserve your well water and save you money in the long-run. Contact the professionals at American Pump Services to schedule a regular maintenance plan for your private well.