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Water, Water Everywhere? Not in Oklahoma!

Posted on 05/16/2014

Conserving water during the summer is definitely not #1 on anybody's to-do list, especially since water is so much fun in the summer. With the drought worsening over the winter and weather forecasters warning of a hot, dry summer similar to conditions affecting the "Dust Bowl" region in the 1930s, Oklahoma has already initiated water conservation regulations and is imposing monetary penalties on people found to be in contempt of these regulations.

Help Make Oklahoma's Summer Wet and Wild

Pitch in and help Oklahoma's water problem by using these five tips for reducing water usage that won't interfere with your summer fun:

1. Is your toilet running a marathon? Do dripping faucets sound like stampeding buffalo at night and keep you awake? Did you know that plumbing leaks in one home can waste over 5000 gallons of water in one year? Help conserve water in our state and get your leaks fixed!

2. When you brush your teeth, do you leave the water running so you don't have to keep turning it on and off to rinse your brush? Definitely a no-no during drought conditions--so only turn the water on when you need it. Believe it or not, letting the water run during onetoothbrushing event may waste as much as one gallon of water. That equals to seven gallons a week!

3. Faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads and low water-volume toilets are great ways to conserve water without even thinking about doing it!

4. Nothing tastes more refreshing than a cold glass of water on a hot day in Tulsa, right? Instead of letting the water run until it gets as cold as it can get (admit it, you do it, we all do it), keep a pitcher of water in the fridge or put ice cubes in your water.

5. Wait until the washer is full until you run it. If you want to wear something and it's dirty, fill a small bowl with warm water and handwash it. Pretend it's 1900, washers haven't been invented and sing "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie" as loud as you can.

Conserving Water When You Have a Pool--Yes, It's Possible!

Where would Oklahoma residents be without their pools?  Hot, sweaty and bored, of course. Fortunately, you can help keep Oklahoma's water shortage under control by having maintenance work performed on your pool while also using pool accessories that conserve water by reducing evaporation of your pool's water.

  • A clean pool filter is a happy pool filter. It keeps your water sparkling clean and prevents wasting of water and pool chemicals by avoiding the need to backwash the filter.
  • Cracks in a pool's foundation ultimately lead to leaks, which lead to bigger cracks and even bigger leaks. Deteriorated valves and pipes can also leak huge amounts of water over one summer. Conserve water, reduce your water bill and have maintenance performed on your pool in the spring.
  • Don't forget to turn down your pool heater once that Oklahoma summer sun starts frying Tulsa like a large brown egg somebody ordered scrambled. The cooler the water, the less water evaporates.
  • Pool covers work great to prevent evaporation, reduce water costs and usage and block debris from clogging the filter.

Want more tips for conserving water? Visit the Oklahoma Water Resources Board website or call us for information about pool upgrades or professional maintenance that can make your summer cooler, wetter, enjoyable--and conservation-friendly.