Out with the old, in with the new year!

What’s a new year without resolutions? As 2015 draws to a close, we’ve come up with a few simple ones that just about anyone can keep and — no surprise — they all have to do with water. You don’t have to keep all of them to make an impact – just one or two can make a big difference over time (and to your wallet).  

new year 1.)    Check every water fixture for leaks – that means toilets, taps, and outside faucets, too. Even a little drip can add up to a big loss. A side note: It’s winter now, and if you haven’t turned off your outside taps, do so. Leaving them on could lead to them freezing and bursting. 

2.)    Try to do one additional thing every day that will save water. It might be not flushing the toilet every time (“If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”); not watering the lawn; taking shorter showers, or using “gray” water to irrigate your garden. 

3.)    Teach your children about the value of water. We take it for granted, but it’s the key to life, and without conservation it’s going to become scarce. There are already water shortages here in the United States and all over the world. 

4.)    When you’re washing fruits and vegetables, use a bowl full of water instead of rinsing them under running tap water.

5.)    Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, running it only when you’re rinsing.

6.)    Install water-saving toilets and low-flow showers and taps.

7.)    Install a rain barrel this year, and use it to supply water for your flowers and garden. Better yet, install two.

8.)    Run the dishwasher only when it’s full, and do the same with the washing machine. (To save energy, use hot and warm water only for the dirtiest clothes — cold water works just fine for most loads).

9.)    Use mulch around flowers and vegetable plants. It will keep weeds out of — and moisture in — your garden.

10.)  Don’t flush toxic chemicals or unused medications down the toilet.

See? That wasn’t so hard. If you’re game for even more tips, check out the American Rivers Website.

We at LCA wish you all a safe, healthy and prosperous new year full of water conservation. Happy 2016!