Socket's Tips: Ways to Save Water

Metro General Services integrates water conservation practices in how it designs, builds, and manages facilities, both in the interior and exterior of its buildings. By installing low-flow equipment, monitoring indoor water use, instituting stormwater best practices, and planting sustainable landscapes, the department aims to save water and mitigate stormwater runoff. In 2016, the Department’s eighteen high performance buildings saved a total of more than 4,400,000 gallons of water, compared to non-LEED® comparable buildings.

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Socket's Tips: Ways to Save Water

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Drink Nashville’s great tap water.

  • Consumer confidence reports by Metro Water Services show consistently that our water is clean and safe to drink.

  • Bring your water bottle with you everywhere instead of buying bottled water. This will save your money, and reduce waste.

  • General Services has 12 hydration stations with pet drinking dishes at Metro locations across town. Locations include West PD, Farmers Market - south shed, Farmers Market - north shed, Fulton Campus, Public Square, Fannie Mae Dees, McCabe Park, Hermitage Library, Bellevue Library, Lentz Health Clinic, Southeast Davidson Library and Community Center, and Midtown Hills Precinct.

Use Metro Water Services as a community resource.

  • Metro Water Services offers Community Education resources on water safety and conservation.

Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

  • If you don’t have a dishwasher, plug up the sink or use a wash basin instead of washing under running water.

Choose the shower over a bath and keep it short (5 minutes or less).

  • Showering uses less water than a bath if you watch the time.

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • This way you are only running the tap when you actually need water.

Install flow restrictors and low flow appliances.

  • Low flow faucet aerators and showerheads are inexpensive, maintain water pressure, and save you water and money.

  • Low flow appliances, such as toilets, may cost more upfront, but the water you will conserve will save you money down the road.

Fix leaks immediately.

  • Small household plumbing leaks can quickly add up to gallons of wasted water each day.

  • In Nashville, the biggest municipal energy use is for supplying water to residents and cleaning up the water after it has been used.

  • Take a good look at your water bill every month. Unusually high use could mean you have an undetected leak.

Only run the laundry machine with a full load.

  • Or if you have the option on your machine, set it to the appropriate load size selection.

Sweep your driveway rather than hosing it off. Wash cars only when necessary.

  • Use a hose with a cut off nozzle when washing your car or watering your plants.

  • Keep your stormwater drain clear of leaves, grass clippings and other organic debris.

Make water smart landscaping choices.

  • Choose native, low-maintenance or drought-tolerant landscaping that requires less water. Mulch plants to reduce water loss.

  • Understand how much water your landscaping or garden really needs so you don’t over-water.

  • Water lawns and gardens early in the morning or after dark to reduce evaporation.

Make rain your friend.

Dispose of your medication safely.

  • It’s important not just to save water, but to keep Nashville’s water clean. That’s why it’s critical to dispose of medication at home safely and not just flush it down the drain.

  • Learn how Metro Water Services can help you with Safe Medication Disposal.

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