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City of Oxford, NC

Conservation Tips & Links

Conservation is defined as, "a careful preservation and protection of something; especially :  planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect."

Below are the Cities 2017 water conservation tips to help our citizens conserve water and thereby conserve money:

January
Take 5 minute showers instead of a bath. The average tub holds about 80 gallons of water. A low-flow shower uses about 2.5 gallons of water a minute. If you take a 5 minute shower instead of filling a tub half full, you will save approximately 25 gallons of water.

February
Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking and bursting.

March
Use your washer and dishwasher only when they are full, you will save up to a 1,000 gallons of water a month.

April
Put several drops of food coloring in the tank part of the toilets in your house. If you see the coloring seeping into the bowl, there is a leak.  Fixing it can save about 600 gallons of water each month.

May
Turn the water off while you brush your teeth. If you leave the water running, you will waste about 5 gallons of water.

June
Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Also, avoid watering on windy days.

July
When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
 
August
Use a pool cover, without a swimming pool cover, more than half the water in your pool can possibly evaporate in one year.
 
September
Use water-efficient appliances.
 
October
Insulate pipes to get hot water faster, so less water is wasted. 
 
November
Do not rinse dishes prior to putting them into an automatic dishwasher. Instead, wipe them with paper napkins from the meal or use a partially filled sink to do any necessary pre-washing.
 
December
Remember to cut off all decorations while sleeping or away from home.





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