Pasco County Utilities (PCU) encourages residents to take the time to check inside and outside their homes for ways to conserve water and avoid excess water use.
When it comes to saving water and money, small changes can make a big difference.
Here are some helpful tips from PCU:
- Check for leaks. The Water Research Foundation found that 13% of water used indoors was being lost to household leaks. If the toilet runs or you have to jiggle the handle, more than 180 gallons of water can be lost per hour.
- Clean or replace filters in your water softener, pool, refrigerator ice/water dispenser, and under the sink. Filter maintenance helps appliances to run efficiently and reduces the potential for leaks.
- Use a spray nozzle to prevent outdoor water loss. When a hose is forgotten and left running, up to 500 gallons of water can be wasted per hour.
- Pool covers help to retain water levels and to keep out debris. Water evaporates at the rate of about 1,000 gallons per month from a pool.
- Change the batteries in an irrigation system. During a power outage, the battery backup prevents the system from resetting to the factory setting, often programmed to water daily.
- Establish the right plants in the right place to decrease the use of water, pesticides and fertilizers.
To view all resources available, visit bit.ly/SaveH2OPasco.
Residents also can learn how to read their own meter at bit.ly/myPCUmeter.
Published March 10, 2021