Under the Town of Clarkdale’s Water Ordinance, Drought and Water Shortage Preparedness Strategy Level I is automatically in effect from May 1st through September 30th each year.
- Flush your toilet only when necessary. Don’t use it to dispose of tissues, dead bugs, etc.
- Consider installing a low-flow toilet. If your toilet was installed prior to 1980, place a weighted plastic jug full of water in your toilet tank. Be sure it does not interfere with operating parts. Do not use a brick because it will deteriorate and cause operational problems. This will reduce the amount of water needed to refill the tank after flushing.
- Is it possible your toilet has a leak? You can test it by putting 10 drops of food coloring in the tank, don’t flush for 15 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking.
- Do only full loads in the dishwasher and avoid extra cycles. Don’t run water continuously when washing and rinsing dishes by hand.
- Use the load selector to match water level to the size of your laundry load.
- Limit use of reverse osmosis (RO) water purification systems. To get one gallon of RO water, most units waste 2-9 gallons of drinking water.
- When washing the car, rinse the car once, wash from a bucket of soapy water and rinse again quickly.
- Use a broom or rake instead of water to remove leaves, clippings and debris from your driveway and walkways.
- Plant native and other shrubs that don’t need a lot of watering. Consider alternatives to big, thirsty lawns and high water use trees. Click the following link to see a list of native and adaptive drought tolerant plants:List of native and adaptive drought tolerant plants.
- Check all hoses, connectors, and spigots regularly. Repair leaks as necessary.