Cabinet offers ways to conserve water

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Next week is Drinking Water Week in Kentucky, and residents are being offered a few ways to conserve water inside and outside their homes.

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet says homeowners should check for leaks in toilets and pipes as well as in garden hoses and nozzles. Also fill washing machines and dishwashers when running a load rather than running a partial load.

Replace old showerheads with high-efficiency models, and keep drinking water cooling in the refrigerator.

Outdoors, you can mulch bushes and trees to retain moisture, recycle rainwater with barrels and buckets for watering plants, water early or late when temperatures are low to reduce evaporation and plant drought-tolerant plants to reduce the need to water.

The cabinet says this is the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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