City of Hawthorne, Florida
Water Saving Tips
1.
Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

2.
Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks.

3.
Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.

4.
Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes.

5.
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

6.
Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.

7.
Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.

8.
Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

9.
Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

10.
Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

11.
Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.

12.
Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

13.
Don’t over water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks. 

14.
Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.

15.
Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.

16.
Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.

17.
Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.

18.
Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering.

19.
Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.

20.
Outfit your hose with a shut-off nozzle which can be adjusted down to fine spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, “Turn it Off” at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.

21.
Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your own car, park on the grass to do so.