Town of Tewksbury
1009 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876
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INDOOR WATER CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY TIPS

Simple Saving Tips in the Home
  • Fix leaky faucets, pipes, toilets, and save hundred of gallons per week
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave, or do dishes.
  • Do not flush the toilet needlessly
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full or adjust the water level setting accordingly.
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in your refrigerator to avoid running water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Do not fill the tub to the top when bathing and take shorter showers.
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Leaky Toilets? The trickling sound you hear in the bathroom could be your toilet wasting 50 gallons of water a day thousands each year.                                                                                                                                  
>>Try this test at home! Put a few drops of blue food coloring in your toilet tank. Do not flush. If color appears in the bowl within 10-15 minutes, you have a leak. To repair it, the flush valve (also known as flapper valve) or the valve seat may need to be cleaned or replaced. Parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

Leaky Pipes? Check under your sink, behind your washing machine, and around the basement plumbing for suspicious looking wet areas. Leaks not only waste water - they could be damaging your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Dripping Faucets & Showerheads. Worn-out washers - the cause of most dripping faucets and showerheads - cost most dripping faucets and sowerheads - cost pennies to replace and are easily installed


Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

Make your old toilet a water saver
  • Install one of several new toilet retrofit products available at  hardware stores. Some only work with certain toilets, so get a recommendation from your local plumber on the right one for you.
  • REDUCE the volume of each flush by placing a toilet dam or a water-filled plastic bottle weighted with gravel in the tank if you have no already installed a 1.6 gallon toilet.
Water efficient showerheads
  • Some showerheads may still use 3-7 gallons or more per minute. Install a showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons per minute or less available at hardware stores.
Faucet aerators
  • Low-flow faucet awerators mix air with tap water to reduce the flow to 1.5-2.5 gallons per minute. Faucets without aerators may be using 3-7 gallons per minute!
Water & energy efficient appliances (Energy Star label)
  • High Efficiency Washers: Unlike traditional machines, which must be filled to the top with water in order to immerse clothes, front loading washers use about 25 gallons per load. Front loaders also save energy too, about 50% or more by usng less hot water. To help defray the incremental costs of these new models, some gas and electric utilities offer incentives.
Dishwashers
  • Newer energy and waer efficient dishwashers exceed minimum federal government standards. These newer models operate on13-25% less energy and on as little as six (6) gallons of water per load. Benefits to you: lower utility bills, improved washing systems that eliminate pre-rinsing, and less energy used to heat the water to clean the dishes.
When selecting new appliances, check the water and energy efficient ratings in manufacturer's specifications or consumer magazines and look for the Energy Star label.




OUTDOOR WATER CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY TIPS


Low Water-Use Plants

Common Name
Botanical Name
Height
TREES
Amur Maple
Acer ginnala
20-25'
Austrian Pine
Pinus nigra
50'
Japanese Black Pine
Pinus thunbergii
6-10'
Cornelian Cherry
Cornus Mas
20-25'
London Plane
Pltanus x acerifolia
50'
White Oak
Quercus alba
50'
SHRUBS
Broom
Cytisus scoparius
5-6'
Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles specoisa
6-10'
Junipers
Juniperus sp.
2-9'
Cinquefoil
Potentilla
3-4'
Butterfly Bush
Buddleia davidii
6-10'
Rose-of-Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana'
6-8'
Winterberry
Ilex verticillata
8-10'
Mugo Pine (dwarf)
Pinus mugo
3-4'
GROUND COVER
Bearberry
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
6-8"
Creeping Lilly-turf
Liriope spicata
6-8"
Violets
Viola sp.
6-8"
Snow-in-Summer
Cerastium Tomentosum
6-8"
PERENNIALS
New England Aster
Aster Novae-angliae
15-30"
Common Blanketflower
Gaillardia aristata
24-36"
Moonbeam
Coreopsis verticillata
24-36"
Purple Coneflower
Echninacea purpurea
24-36"
Lavender
Lavendula "Hidcote Blue"
12-36"
Sedum (Acre, Red Carpet, Rudy Glow, Stoliniferum, Spectabile)
Sedum sp.
18-24"
Daylily
Hemerocallis
18-48"
Yarrow, 'The Pearl', 'Summer Pastels'
Achillea sp.
18-36"
ANNUALS/BIENNIALS
Cosmos
Cosmos sp.
3'
Gazania
Gazania
6-18"
Marigold
Dimorpotheca sp.
4-6"
Portulaca
Portulaca gradiflora
8"
Strawflower
Heliochrysum bracteatum
3'
Sweet William
Dianthus Barbatus
2'