IN THE KITCHEN AND LAUNDRY
- Keep a container of water in the refrigerator
to avoid running water for a cold drink.
- Avoid running water to thaw food.
- Run the dishwasher only when you have a full
load. Automatic dishwashers use about 15 gallons of water per
- If washing dishes by hand, don’t let water
run continuously for rinsing.
- Use a bowl of water to clean and prepare vegetables,
rather than letting the faucet run.
- Use your garbage disposal less often and compost
- When doing laundry, use the right water level
to match the size of the load. Otherwise, wash only full loads.
Each load of laundry normally requires 50 gallons or more of water.
- Check hose connections for leaks.
IN THE BATHROOM
- One of the best ways to save water inside the
home is by replacing the parts inside your toilet tanks every
few years. Leaking toilets can send over 1,000 gallons of water
down the drain in a single day. Because they are often difficult
to see or hear, toilet leaks surprise many customers in the form
of an unusually high water bill. Internal toilet parts, like tires
on a car, wear out over time and need to be replaced. Doing it
before they begin leaking saves water and money.
- Test for toilet leaks by adding food coloring
to the water tank. Don’t flush for 15 minutes. If there
is color in the bowl after 15 minutes, you may have a leak.
- Install water saving low-flow showerheads.
- Don’t use the toilet to dispose of tissues
or other trash. Every flush uses three and one half to seven gallons
- When replacing fixtures, install water saving
- A bathtub filled half full holds about 50 gallons
of water. Consider showering instead.
- Limit the length of showers to two or three
minutes. An unrestricted showerhead runs at five to ten gallons
- Avoid letting the water run while shaving, brushing
your teeth, and washing your face.
- Teach children to turn faucets off tightly after
SAVE WATER ON THE LAWN
- Avoid excessive watering. Most lawns need only
an inch of water per week to stay healthy. Measure the amount
of time it takes your sprinkler to deliver that much water, and
do not exceed the total time for the week. A shallow container,
such as a tuna can, can be used to measure the water.
- Use short cycles (5 minutes) at least an hour
apart to reduce runoff.
- Reduce evaporation by watering in the evening
or early in the morning.
- Set sprinklers carefully to avoid watering paved
- Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist, which
- Aerate the soil in the spring and fall to reduce
- Keep the grass 2-3" long to enhance root
development with minimal watering.
OTHER OUTDOOR TIPS
- Minimize grassy areas, which require the most
- Plant water efficient grasses, plants, trees,
- Use mulch to help the soil retain moisture and
to reduce the growth of weeds.
- Use drip irrigation to water plants, trees,
- Plant in the spring or fall, when watering requirements
- Shut off and drain the water lines to outside
spigots in the winter. This prevents freezing temperatures from
causing expensive leaks.
- If you have an automatic sprinkler system, inspect
it regularly for leaks and malfunctioning parts.
- Avoid using the hose to clean areas that could
be swept with a broom.
- When washing vehicles, run the water only to
wet and rinse. Use a container to hold the water used for washing.