Wet Footprints

What Is Your Water Footprint

This is a time of year is when people are less concerned with water conservation, the
temperatures begin to rise and water is in higher demand.


Whether we are drinking, washing, watering or rinsing, there are ways to protect our water resources. As Nevada residents, the actions we take today can affect the future of water tomorrow. It is never too late to start taking more responsibility in conserving.

At Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we would like to educate individuals on more than just plumbing.


According to the Southern Nevada Water Authority; Southern Nevada's annual water
consumption decreased by nearly 32 billion gallons from 2002 to 2010.


This was despite a population increase of 420,000 during that span. To sustain this decrease, Hawthorne encourages all of their clients to become proactive in water conservation. The tips listed below are easy ways to help conserve water.

These tips are simple but when it comes to implementing them, they tend to fall by the waste side. Combine these tips with Hawthorne’s plumbing knowledge and, we can go a long way to preserving our world’s water supply.

BRUSHING YOUR TEETH

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons of water a month.

THAWING FOOD

Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.

A GLASS A DAY

Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a reusable water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

YOUR PETS

Take advantage of warm weather and wash your pet in a small water basin in the yard or in an area of the yard that needs watering.

TRAVELING

Most hotels provide signage in guest rooms that declare all towels on the floor will be washed and replaced along with bedding, unless indicated by use of their signs. Pay attention to these signs, and reuse towels and sheets.

DOWN THE DRAIN

Toilets and showers use the greatest amount of water. Based on the American Water Works Association, if all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30%. 

THE KIDS

It is up to parents, peers and educators to spread the message of water conservation throughout their community. Teach your children about it at an early age.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Approximately 60 percent of Southern Nevada's water is used outdoors. Water your yard
before 9am and after 4am to reduce evaporation and save about 750 gallons per month.

CHECK FOR LEAKS

Check your homes for any leaks to save about 510 gallons per month.

SWIMMING POOL

Install covers on pools to reduce evaporation and save about 900 gallons per month.

SWEEP INSTEAD

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks to save approximately 4,500 gallons per month.

REDUCE HOT WATER

Conserving water helps reduce the energy used for water conveyance, treatment and storage. Reducing hot water usage saves energy as well.

CATCH SPILL OFF

When waiting for the cold water tap to warm up, capture wasted water in a pitcher or watering can to water plants.

CAR WASH

Wash your automobile at a car wash that will properly recycle the soapy water.

DISHWASHER

If you have a dishwasher, make sure it is completely full before running it. Sometimes people can get in the habit of using the dishwasher at the end of every day, but if there is only a half load of dirty dishes then it is a huge waste of water!

POST SIGNS

Post signs around your workplace to encourage water conservation in restrooms or kitchens.

WRAPPING UP

If you would like to have a water audit to see if you are leterally wasting money down the drain, ask for a water audit by your local plumbers at Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today!

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