Three things you already know: It’s summer, it’s hot and it’s dry. We apologize for donning the cape of Captain Obvious. Surely you’re already aware of sunny California and its resultant water worries. However, there are a few facts concerning another topic, water conservation, you might not be familiar with. Here are three common myths and some quick facts to bust them…
Myth #1: Shorter lawns require less water.
FACT: While it seems less roughage would need less water, that’s not necessarily the case. Taller grass provides better shade to the underlying soil, so it requires less water because evaporation is reduced. Raise your mower deck height to at least three inches to avoid the water-wasting woes of a lawn that’s too short.
Myth #2: Low-flow showerheads don’t work well.
FACT: When it comes to low-flow showerheads, many people envision a frustratingly lazy dribble of water. However, contemporary low-flow showerhead designs ensure there are no noticeable changes to your shower experience. You’ll be able to shower like normal, but you’ll use less water overall. Make the switch and save some cash! Rebates are available for toilets and washing machines at www.slocity.org/drought.
Myth #3: Dishwashers waste more water than hand washing dishes.
FACT: Despite their reputation as water wasters, modern dishwashers can get the job done with just a few gallons. The standard sink session requires two to four times as much water, so it’s actually a better idea to give yourself a break and let your dishwasher do the work. Kick your feet up and save some water!
Now that you know these commons myths are nothing but just that (myths), you can take your new knowledge and put it into water-saving action!