water usage

Capture Free Water for the Garden with a Rain Barrel

There’s been an unprecedented interest in gardening since the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. Seed supply companies and plant nurseries have been struggling to keep up with the demand. “Not in any recorded history have there been sales at these levels, certainly in the last 20 years,” Dave Thompson, director of sales and operations…

A Simple Sprinkler Spruce-Up Could Save 25,000 Gallons of Water!

Temperatures are rising and lawns and gardens are starting to turn green again, which means we’re entering sprinkler season. But did you know that homes with timer-controlled irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems? When it comes to a home’s irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long…

Don’t Be a Drip, Stop Those Drops For “Fix a Leak Week!”

Got leaks? Then it’s a great time to break out the toolkit. This coming Monday kicks off the EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, which runs March 16 through March 22 this year.   “Fix a Leak Week is a great time to proactively do some checking to be sure leaks aren’t lurking where you…

Attack of the Pink Slime? Don’t Be Alarmed!

We occasionally get calls from concerned customers asking about a pink, slimy substance that forms in pet water dishes, around toilet bowls and drains, on tiles and in shower stalls. So what’s the source of this gruesome goo? We can assure you of two things: 1.) It’s not caused by anything in the water you’re…

A Cheap, Easy Way to Check Your Toilet For Leaks

Did you know that a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day? That’s an expensive problem! Fortunately, diagnosing and fixing it yourself is simple — and can often cost less than $15 (of course, you should call a plumber if you’re not comfortable attempting it yourself). First, to find out if a toilet…