"Water Conservation"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted By Jeff Edmondson

We are lucky in the Northland to have an abundant supply of fresh water from Lake Superior

But that doesn't mean we should waste it. In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at ways you can control your water usage.

Throughout the year there are several ways to conserve water.
One major cause of wasted water can be watering lawns, but in the middle of winter...that's not an issue.
Some other water wasting culprits can be found in the bathroom.

"Changing out your faucet, changing out your shower head and changing out your old toilet", said Tommy Linsroth.

Changing your whole faucet is an option if it leaks, but most of the time it's an easy repair.

"The faucets that are made now days are really easy to fix. Even the old ones, you can tell. You simply shut the water off, pull the stem out and normally its just an easy washer fix," said Steve Marshall.

There is a variety of washers and sizes available. But if your faucet is not leaking and you want to control the amount of output. Get a new aerator.

"A buck ninety nine, you can change it really easily; unscrew it bring it in with you as there are several sizes and thread it to an adapter and we can give you the right aerator", said Marshall.

By adding a low flow aerator you can save over 400 gallons of water per year.
Another thing to think about changing out is the shower head to a low flow product.

"Every single person from teenage to retirees has raved about how well these low flow products actually work. So you can save your water and you don't have to sacrifice performance", said Linsroth.

Finally, check the quality of that toilet.
If you notice your toilet is running frequently, the flapper may need to be replaced. This simple fix can save you the most money as the toilet uses thousands of gallons annually.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson. The Northlands Newscenter