Conserve Water

Friends Focus priority education focus promotes understanding the characteristics of karst, caring for streambanks and conserving water.


CONSERVE WATER:

Prevent overworking your system.

 Fix leaky faucets.
 Run only full loads in washing machine & dishwasher.
 Shorten shower time (2 minutes less=700 gallons/month).


MAINTAIN SEPTIC SYSTEMS:

Inspect every 1-3 years.
Pump the holding tank out every 3-5 years to remove sludge and scum.
Repair or replace malfunctioning or outdated septic systems.

TRASH, DON’T FLUSH:

Pharmaceutical products.
 Personal hygiene products.
 Motor oil (recycle at gas stations).
 Household chemicals.
Paint
Let paint dry in the can and put in trash if there is no local recycle program. Use water-based paints. Clean brushes with water in bucket and dispose of away from well & septic system. Re-use paint thinner. Prevent paint or toxic material from entering storm drains.


AUTOS:

Recycle used motor oil (Wal-Mart, Tire & Lube Express, AutoZone, and many other service stations).
Use a commercial car wash (drains into waste water treatment).
Wash vehicles on the grass (filters grimy road dirt and soapy waters).
Turn off hose when not washing or rinsing.
Drain radiator and anti-freeze liquids in container for disposal rather than draining onto ground (toxic to groundwater and harmful to animals).


TRASH:

Recycle reusable materials (cardboard, paper, plastic, metals).
Throw away your trash in garbage cans (not in streets, ditches or roadsides).


LAWNS:

Use lawn chemicals sparingly (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and others).
Get expert advice for pest management(contact your County Cooperative Extension Service).
Perform soil analysis (contact your County Cooperative Extension Service) to determine what is needed for your lawn and do only what is necessary.
Compost grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps for use as an excellent soil conditioner.
Adjust sprinklers to reach lawn and garden surfaces only or use drip irrigation.


ACT NOW AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE