Here's Some Tips to Help
You Save Water Around Your House
Check your toilets for leaks
Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without
flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak
that is wasting many gallons of water a day. Replace the rubber flapper
if it is causing the leak.
Flush toilets less often
Do not use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
Install ultra-low-flush toilets
Replace older, inefficient toilets with ultra-low-flush models. Cut the
amount of water that goes down the drain with each flush by 50% or more.
Take shorter showers
Limit showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off.
Better still, shut off the flow of water while soaping and shampooing.
Turn water back on to rinse quickly.
Install water-saving shower heads
All new shower heads use 2.5 gallons a minute or less.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and
Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing. Before
shaving, fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water.
Fully load your automatic dishwasher
Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about up to 25 gallons of
If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the rinse
If you have 2 sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one
sink, first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, then rinse
them quickly. Also, using the least amount of detergent necessary
minimizes the rinse water needed.
Set your clothes washing machine to the proper
If you have a small load, set the water level on low. Be careful not to
leave a high setting for small loads.
Use a high-efficiency clothes washer
Replace standard clothes washers with high-efficiency models. You can
reduce the amount of water used per load by 40% and get cleaner clothes.
You will also lower your energy bill.
Defrost frozen food without running water over the packages
Place food in refrigerator overnight or defrost in the microwave.
Rinse vegetables in a filled sink or pan instead of
under running water