Helpful hints on how to conserve our presious water
Over half the water use inside a home takes place in the bathroom.
Turn off the water while shaving or brushing teeth. (Savings: up to 4 gallons a minute, or up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four!)
Take short showers instead of tub baths; showers use less water. (If you keep your showers to under 5 minutes you’ll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.)
If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.
Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Use a leak-free, high efficiency toilet. (Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home: nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption.)
When washing your hands, turn off the water while you lather.
In the kitchen Cook up some real water savings.
Wash only full loads of dishes, and select the appropriate water level or load size option on the dishwasher.
Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw foods in the refrigerator overnight.
Scrape, rather than rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
Compost food waste instead of using the garbage disposal or throwing it in the trash.
Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool
Rinse out some real money savings with your laundry.
Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine, which can save over 50 percent in laundry water and energy use.
Always fix leaks everywhere.
You can significantly reduce water use by simply repairing leaks in fixtures (faucets and showerheads), pipes, and toilets. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. That would be like flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason!
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 9 billion gallons (30 percent) is used outdoors. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household’s outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent.
Native and drought tolerant plants can make a beautiful alternative to unused turf areas in your yard. Purchase an inexpensive hose timer to avoid over-watering. Soaker hoses are also a great option for avoiding evaporation.
Collecting rainwater to use on your landscape can help you save water outdoors.
Many local water providers offer rebates on efficient irrigation devices.
Use a broom or electric blower to clean driveways and sidewalks, rather than hosing them off.
When washing your car, use an adjustable nozzle or sprayer and turn off the water stream while soaping your vehicle.