I pledge to be water wise and will not waste water in my home, in my yard and garden, and where I work and recreate. Water is a precious natural resource that we must work to conserve so it remains available for all to use.
1) Don’t water your lawn more than 2x a week. Keep your grass at 3 inches to prevent it from burning out. Consider unlawning or letting your lawn go wild. Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport are on a mandatory sprinkler schedules with a maximum of two days usage per week. Please consult MowGreen for help successfully unlawning.
2) Don’t water the driveway, patio, walkway, fence or street, something that’s easy to do with lawn sprinklers.
3) Don’t run the tap while you’re rinsing or hand washing dishes. Save water by wetting, soaping and then turning on the water to rinse everything you’ve washed.
4) Don’t run the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving.
5) Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s full.
6) Take short showers of 5 minutes to use 10-25 gallons of water and avoid baths, which uses between 30 and 70 gallons according to the EPA.
8) Install a rain barrel or two in your yard to capture gutter runoff that you can reuse in your yard. Consult with Back to Nature, a full service permaculture design firm, for help with rainwater capture systems.