Water is essential to our everyday lives. And, our supplies are limited…so
please use water wisely. Cutting water use inside and outside our homes is
really important. If each of us changed our water-use habits, we could save
billions of gallons of water. Here’s how you can help:
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per
day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit
of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the
color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that
should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy
Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no
water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a
Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy
for the homeowner to install. Also, long, hot showers can use five to ten
gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap
up, wash down and rinse off. "Low-flow" means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per
All household faucets should be fit with aerators. This single best home
water conservation method is also the cheapest!
To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside
each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water,
screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the
operating mechanisms. Or, buy an inexpensive tank bank or float booster. This
may save ten or more gallons of water per day.
Be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush
properly. If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold
the lever down too long or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste. Two
flushings at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2.0 gallon flush. For new
installations, consider buying "low flush" toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per
flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons, a savings of about 70% in water
flushed and 30% of all water used indoors.
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping
up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to
40 gallons of water.
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth.
Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor
just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.
Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for
optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not
pre-rinsing dishes which is a big water savings.
With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an
additional 5 gallons for the extra rinse. If it’s time to replace your washer,
new Energy Star rated front-load washers use 35 - 50% less water and 50% less
energy per load.
In-sink 'garburators' require lots of water to operate properly, and also
add considerably to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to
maintenance problems. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing
If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse
water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and
rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators
are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no
need to pre-rinse the dishes.
Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water. Use a
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store
drinking water in the fridge in a safe drinking bottle.