Your Place: Don't let water savings go down the drain

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own.

Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources:

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Youíll save three gallons per brush.

Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher can save 75 to 200 gallons per week.

It takes 30 to 40 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, five to 10 gallons of water per minute to take a shower.

If you keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator, you wonít have to run the tap until the water gets cold enough to drink. That saves 200 to 300 gallons per week.

A pin-size hole in a water pipe loses more than 2,000 gallons a day.

To reduce water flow in toilets, install a plastic water bottle weighted down with pebbles in the tank, or switch to a low-flow toilet that cuts the water used per flush from five to 10 gallons to 1.6 gallons or less.

Installing a flow restrictor in the shower will cut water use by as much as two-thirds.

Setting things straight. Over Labor Day weekend, I ran a brief item in this space mentioning that September was Mold Awareness Month.

The item was based on a now-misplaced news release from a product manufacturer I must have considered a reliable source because I ran the item rather than deleting it without even opening it.

The e-mail said the month-long observance was sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. It wasnít, a Chicago-area reader told me.

I always let experts Joe Ponessa and Harris Gross answer my mold questions because I am not qualified to comment on complex science. Iím surprised they didnít call me on it.

Anyway, the EPA has confirmed that it didnít sponsor a Mold Awareness Month.

Sorry for any confusion that may have resulted.

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