A sunny and hot summer is here! Didn’t we always wish for sunny days for window washing? Those days are here! And window washing is NOT restricted. (Pressure washing is, unless for safety, health or pre-painting/treatment purposes.)
Considering the water restrictions being in effect there are many ways we can conserve water BUT:
– Did you know window washing of an average size home takes about half a bucket of water? How much water do you use for showering or flushing the toilet?
– Did you know gutter maintenance requires even less – usually? And summer is a great time to do repairs, modifications on your gutter system. But waiting till winter time is often too late to avoid emergencies.
– Did you know commercial auto washing is allowed but hand washing at home isn’t? – these car washes use pressure washing but deemed economical.
Let’s have a closer look at the water restriction. Stage 2 restrictions were implemented on July 3rd then on July 20th stage 3 came into effect. Between those two dates there were only 3 days when consumption significantly dropped, then it spiked again.
In essence warnings were largely ignored till restrictions were tightened. And it wasn’t due to the home maintenance businesses such as Blue Sky. We use insignificant amount of water compared to daily watering of lawns and gardens and we kept away from esthetic power washing.
This restriction sure hurt our trade but mostly because of wrong ideas about it. Saving a bucket of water, or let’s go nuts and say a day’s worth of showering, for the whole summer isn’t conserving, it is self-deception.
Here are some tips how to truly conserve water:
- – don’t leave water running during dish / tooth brushing
- – avoid using your dishwasher
- – take shorter showers
- – flush your toilet less
- – do laundry once every two weeks as a larger load still uses less than 2 smaller loads
These are water using actions we all do daily or very regularly and they make a real difference.