To save water, change habits

By Gregg Eyestone

Water for the landscape is minimal at this time of the year.

I’m hopeful for snow to provide the necessary moisture for plant survival. It is easy to save on water at this time of the year outside. Can it be done year round?

I recently took the 40 Gallon Challenge. You can too at the website

The 40 Gallon Challenge is a call for residents and businesses to reduce water use on average by 40 gallons per person, per day.

The challenge began in 2011 as a voluntary campaign to increase water conservation.

There are 14 listed possible ways to reduce the use of water outdoors. For indoors, there are 13 potential reduction points listed.

When all of the outdoor possibilities are checked, 439 gallons or points are credited. Indoors has 146 gallons possible.

The most common pledged way to reduce water use according to the website is to turn the faucet off while brushing one’s teeth.

This is followed by turning the faucet off between rinsing dishes. Running the dishwasher only when full is next. Fixing a leaking toilet would save the most indoor water.

Shortening each irrigation run zone by two minutes over the course of a season is given the most gallons saved outdoors.

Installing a “smart controller” or converting a high water use area to a low water use area of the landscape are equal in gallons saved.

Reducing water usage at home and at businesses not only saves this precious resource, it also saves money.

Saving a minimum of 40 gallons a day for 30 days adds up to more than 1,000 gallons per month. This is an easy way to document the amount of water saved since many water providers bill in thousand-gallon increments.

In other words, you should see real savings on your water bill if you follow through with your pledge and put to use the recommended water-saving practices.

Gregg may be contacted by calling 785-537-6350 or stopping by 110 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan or e-mail:

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