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1 Indoor Water Conservation Presented by Travis Andrews City of Arlington Water Utilities

2 Indoor Water Conservation Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Install Water Efficient Devices Practice Simple Water Saving Techniques Repair Leaks and Replace Faulty Equipment

3 City of Arlington Water Utilities Indoor Water Conservation Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Room Leak Detection

4 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Kitchen

5 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Kitchen Water Efficient Devices for the Kitchen –Faucet Aerators Aerators mix air with water, reducing the amount of water used without affecting the pressure –Water Efficient Dishwashers Use 5-7 gallons of water per wash 1.5 (gpm) Faucet Aerator

6 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Kitchen Practice Water Saving Techniques –Scrape food from plates instead of rinsing –Operate automatic dish washers only when full –Dont use running water to thaw meat, defrost food in the refrigerator –Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl, dont let water run –Capture tap water while waiting for hot water

7 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Bathroom

8 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Bathroom Water Efficient Devices for the Bathroom –Faucet Aerators –High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) Old toilets use 5-7 gallons per flush, newer models use only 1.28 (gpf) a savings of 27,000 gallons per household –Low Flow Showerheads Can save over 2 gallons of water per minute Low-Flow Showerhead 1.28 (gpf) Toilet

9 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Bathroom Practice Water Saving Techniques –Turn off water while brushing teeth, save 4 gallons per minutes – 200 gallons week for a family of 4 –Take shorter showers (5 minutes) –Turn water off while shampooing and conditioning –Place a bucket in shower to collect excess water to irrigate plants –Avoid flushing unnecessarily, place larger items in a waste basket (tissues, insects, etc,)

10 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Laundry Room

11 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Laundry Room Water Efficient Devices for the Laundry Room –High Efficiency Washing Machines A high-efficiency washing machine reduces energy use by up to 70% and water use by up to 50% Front – Loaded High Efficiency Washer

12 City of Arlington Water Utilities Water Saving Ideas for the Laundry Room Water Saving Practices –Only wash full loads –Wash delicates by hand

13 City of Arlington Water Utilities Additional Water Saving Ideas On-Demand Hot Water System –Demand (tank less or instantaneous) water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed –Heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank Pressure Reducing Valves –Reduces the overall water pressure in a home Gray Water System –Install a system to collect wastewater from sinks, showers, bathtubs, and washing machine for irrigation

14 City of Arlington Water Utilities Leaks Water Loss Common Leaks Testing Solutions

15 City of Arlington Water Utilities Leaks = Waste , Days Leaks in gallons per minute 144 2,016 3,024 4, ,520 5,040 7,560 11,160 1,080 7,560 15,120 22,680 33,480 10,080 20,160 30,240 44,640 1,4404,320 30,240 60,480 90, ,920 7,200 50, , , ,200 14, , , , ,400

16 City of Arlington Water Utilities Common Leaks

17 City of Arlington Water Utilities Common Leaks Washing Machines –Leaky supply hoses, internal hoses, a leaky pump and worn-out tub fittings are common problems Common Leak Locations

18 City of Arlington Water Utilities Troubleshoot for Lost Consumption Private Cut-Off Valve Time the Meter Sprinkler System Reading Food Coloring Test Test for Water Leaks Before & After Readings

19 City of Arlington Water Utilities Leaks Check all water-using appliances, equipment, and other devices for leaks. –Repair Leaks/Replace Faulty Equipment Follow the 5 steps in the Lost Consumption Chart –Time the meter –Take a reading on the sprinkler system –Take before and after reading when leave the house. –Check for silent toilet leaks. –Use the private cut-off valve.

20 City of Arlington Water Utilities Any questions?


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