Water Conservation at Home
We all have a role to play in conserving water and being responsible water consumers. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an average person uses 80 gallons of water per day. Saving water also saves energy: you use energy to warm up water for a hot shower, for running washing and drying machines, and for running a dishwasher, to name a few examples.
Stormwater runoff is a problem that St. Anthony hopes to minimize as much as possible to protect our waterways from excessive dirt, debris and pollutants. The photo below, taken by the MWMO. shows samples of stormwater taken from various stages of the treatment process at the St. Anthony Regional Stormwater Treatment and Research System facility. Imagine the difference between untreated water (left-most sample) and treated water, and the resulting effect on water quality! Learn more about St. Anthony's stormwater initiatives.
Continue reading below for additional resources on water conservation!
Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
The Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is an annual campaign that takes places every year on April 1-30. This challenge promotes drought resiliency and protection of water quality throughout the country. Through a friendly competition, cities compete to see who is the "Most Water-Wise" city in the nation!
Residents make a pledge to change behaviors in their water consumption at home and throughout their everyday lives, in an effort to reduce human impact on lakes, rivers, streams, and other water systems. By participating, residents can also win some cool prizes!
St. Anthony continues to participate in this challenge and invites all residents to join in reducing the City's water consumption to help preserve our precious water resources. All St. Anthony residents can make a pledge by visiting www.mywaterpledge.com.
What's Your Home Water Use?
Use this Animated Water Calculator to analyze daily water use.
- Turn off the water while you wash your hands and brush your teeth. The Environmental Protection Agency has calculated that this practice can save more than 200 gallons of water per month in a household.
- Take a shower instead of a bath. Showers with water efficient shower heads use 10-25 gallons of water for a 10 minute shower, while the average bathtub takes up to 70 gallons of water.
- Check your faucets and toilets for leaks. The USGS Water Science School has an Online Drip Calculator you can use to calculate how much water you will save by fixing those drips.
- Raise your lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass needs less water. Grass that is watered less frequently also develops a stronger root system.
- Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants. It minimizes evaporation and reduces weed growth.
- Reduce your lawn watering time. Water for limited periods of time and do it in the morning to minimize evaporation.
- Consider obtaining a rain barrel. Collect the rain water and use it to water your plants.
Water-Saving Devices & Tools
Below are tools to save water consequentially save energy as well. Orders and installations are quick and easy, so get yours today!
- Shower Heads: Look for the EPA Certified WaterSense logo when purchasing a shower head. If a store doesn't have them in stock, many have them available online.
- Spray Valves: For large sinks, save 35,000 gallons and over $400 per year for each spray valve replaced
- Toilet Leak Testing: Test your toilet for leaks by ordering free leak-finder tablets.
- Water Faucet Aerators: Save 21,000 gallons and $180 per year for each aerator replaced