Wash produce in a basin, not under the tap

08/30/2014 12:00 AM

08/28/2014 5:05 PM

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

•  Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl or container, not under running water.

Faucets in the kitchen and bath account for 15 to 18 percent of water use in the average household, according to industry estimates. By cutting down that tap time, you automatically save water. Kitchen faucets (including efficient ones) flow at 2.2 gallons or more per minute. Instead of running the water for five minutes, submerge the produce in 1 gallon of water in a basin or bowl and scrub lightly with a vegetable brush. That’s a 10-gallon savings every time.

For more tips, visit the newly revamped www.bewatersmart.info/.

Debbie Arrington

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