Thirty Things You Can Do To Save Water
In The Bathroom....
- Shorten your shower. A one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons of water each month. If possible, take a shallow bath instead of a shower for even greater savings.
- Replace your showerheads with low-flow showerheads or install flow restrictors .
- Put trash in the wastebasket, cigarettes in the ashtray - don't flush! Each time you flush a small bit of trash, you waste five to seven gallons of water.
- Check for leaks in your toilets. Drop a dye tablet in your toilet tank or add a few drops of food coloring - let stand for at least three hours. If the color begins to appear in the bowl without flushing, your toilet has a leak that could be wasting thousands of gallons of water each year. Repair those leaks!
- When brushing your teeth, wet your toothbrush, then turn off the water.
- Rinse your razor in a partially-filled sink instead of under a running tap.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Replace worn washers - even a small drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds.
- Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank. Fill the bottle with water and a small amount of pebbles (to weigh it down) and place in your tank; away from the operating mechanisms. Your plastic bottle can save you 10 or more gallons of water each day.
- While waiting for your bath water to get warm, place a bucket under the faucet to catch the cold water. Use later to water your house plants.
- Building or remolding your home? Ask your builder to install ultra-low flush toilets and faucets.
In the Kitchen and Laundry.....
- Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking. Don't run the tap waiting for cold water.
- Rinse vegetables in a pan of water - not under a running faucet.
- Use your dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.
- Never leave the water running if you wash dishes by hand. Fill one sink with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, use a dish rack and rinse with hot water.
- User the smallest amount of detergent possible when washing dishes by hand. This reduces the amount of rinse water needed.
- Check your kitchen/bath pipes and faucets for leaks and replace worn washers immediately.
- Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage can more often. Better yet, compost!
- Defrost frozen foods in the microwave or refrigerator, instead of under running water.
- Water your lawn in the early morning or evening when there's less evaporation.
- Plant drought-resistant native trees and plants. There are many beautiful plants and trees that thrive on smaller amounts of water.
- Don't let your children play with the hose and sprinkler.
- Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows evaporation of moisture and discourages weed growth.
- Don't water your lawn on a windy day to prevent excessive evaporation.
- Set lawn mower blades one notch higher since longer grass means less evaporation.
- If you have a pool, use pool cover to cut down on evaporation.
- Don't water the sidewalk. Adjust sprinklers so they miss the sidewalk, driveway, and street.
- Water only when your lawn really needs it. If the grass springs back after you step on it, there's no need to water. (If you'd like to install a water-efficient irrigation system, call a landscape architect - 85% of landscape problems are directly related to overwatering.)
- Check for leaks in hoses, faucets, pipes and couplings. Outside leaks can waste just as much water as those inside.
- Sweep sidewalks and driveways, don't hose them down.
- Wash your car with a pail of soapy water - not a running hose. Use the hose for rinsing only.
Daily Indoor Water Use: Family of Four
Toilet Flushing - 100 Gallons
Showering and Bathing - 80 Gallons
Laundry - 35 Gallons
Dishwashing - 15 Gallons
Bathroom Sink - 8 Gallons
Utility Sink - 5 Gallons
(Information provided by: Soil and Water Conservation)