Conserve today for a better tomorrow! A drought isn’t predictable. That’s a science whose time has not yet come. About the best scientists can do is look at what’s happened in the past and calculate the odds of future rainfall. Wise water use must be a way of life in southern Nevada, all the time, drought or not, please do not waste water.
As population figures climb, future water supplies are by no means dependable. Even though we cannot predict the weather, we can do many things to stretch the supplies we have.
Follow the tips below and save hundreds of gallons each month:
Leaks. Unseen or unfixed, they can drip hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water wastefully down the drain. A little detective work several times a year can catch these water thieves in the act and put them out of circulation.
Faucets. Most leaks result from worn washers in household faucets and showerheads. These faucets, as well as seldom-used taps in the basement or storage rooms, should be checked periodically. Faucet leaks are usually caused by worn washers or “O” rings (for washerless faucets). Repairing faucet leaks is easy. All you have to do is turn off the water supply line to that faucet, replace the washer and turn on the line again. Any good do-it-yourself book will offer advice on this simple task. If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, have the work done by someone who knows how to do the job.
Toilets. The toilet is one of the most common water wasters but its leaks tend to be less noticeable than faucet leaks. To determine if you toilet is leaking, look at the toilet bowl after the tank has stopped filling. If water is still running into the bowl, or if water can be heard running, your toilet is leaking.
Most toilet leaks occur at the over flow pipe or at the plunger ball inside the tank. To locate a toilet leak, take the tank lid off and flush. The water level should come up to about a half inch below the overflow pipe. Adjust the float level control screw, if necessary, so the valve shuts off the water at that level. If the valve itself is leaking, you may need a plumber to fix it.
Outside Taps. Check the outside taps for leaking water, particularly during the summer sprinkling season. A hose mistakenly left dribbling away in the grass or garden can waste thousands of gallons of water over the course of a summer. Remember to close outside faucets tightly every time you shut off the water!
Did you know that residents use up to 90 percent of their drinking water to irrigate landscapes in the summer? By making a few adjustments in the way we use water, residents can easily help to preserve this precious resource.
- Water your landscape during cooler times of the day, such as morning when it’s also less windy. And don’t forget to turn off your sprinklers when it rains.
- Inspect sprinklers to ensure the sprinkler heads aren’t broken or twisted and that they are watering only what is meant to be watered.
- Water in three short cycles of about four minutes each spaced over several hours rather than one twelve minute dousing to discourage water run off and encourage infiltration.
- Consider replacing outdated irrigation clocks with new models that water more efficiently and are easier to program.
- Set your lawn mower height to three inches to allow grass to develop a deeper, more protected root system and don’t forget to aerate in the spring & fall.
- Consider replacing or reducing nonfunctional turf with shrubs, groundcovers, mulch, or other water-efficient plants. Replace cool season grass (such as tall fescue or rye) with warm season grasses (such as bermuda and zoysia).
- Limit car washing and be sure to use a positive shut-off nozzle and low volume sprayer. Try to limit the water you use to less than 10 gallons per vehicle. Or even better, only wash vehicles at a commercial facility, which recycles the water it uses.
- Turn off residential fountains and ornamental water features during the heat of the day or only use them when you are around to enjoy them.
Remember to S.A.V.E water!
- Showers and toilets are the 2 largest water users.
- Aerators and flow restrictors can cut water usage by 50%.
- Vast amounts of water are wasted due to leaky faucets.
- Every load of laundry uses approximately 27-54 gallons of water – Make sure washing machines and dishwashers have full loads!
- Watering between 3am-9am is ideal as winds and temperatures are lower, therefore, minimizing evaporation.
- Avoid water runoff – Use smaller, shorter cycles more frequently. Over-watering is a large waste.
- Tell Fescue grass should be kept at a height of 3-4″ and Bermuda grass should be approximately 1″.
- Check sprinkler heads and timers every so often. Batteries placed in timers will keep them working during a power outage.
Remember, proper design and irrigation scheduling saves water.
The Future is in your Hands… Don’t Waste It!!!
Water is a scarce commodity in the Virgin River watershed and Nevada is particularly short on this natural resource. Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility and is an ‘everyday’ way of life in the High Desert Country. Common sense is usually the best rule to follow. The water that is used carelessly is depriving someone else of this valuable resource. Water is not only vital for human habitation but also for the wildlife in our area. They too should be considered in any water conservation plan.
It is the intent of this Water Conservation Plan to insure an adequate supply of water to each homeowner within the Virgin Valley Water District with sufficient water to meet the needs of domestic demand; for the enjoyment of well-groomed landscaping and to allow adequate water resources for the Virgin Valley desert fauna and flora.
This Water Conservation Plan was originally prepared in compliance with the provision of NRS 540.141 and is hereby revised per NAC 540.13 1.4(c). It is intended that the plan be enforced at all times, whether under drought conditions or during years of sufficient precipitation.