Water Conservation Tips
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Run your dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you, not the drain.
- Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day. This will cut down on the number of times you run your dishwasher.
- Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Cut back on rinsing if your dishwasher is new. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
- Cook food in as little water as possible. This will also retain more of the nutrients.
- Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a houseplant instead.
- Throw trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables into your yard for compost to avoid using the garbage disposal.
- Run your washing machine only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
- When you shop for a new appliance, consider one offering cycle and load size adjustments.
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
- choose new water-saving appliances, like washing machines that save up to 20 gallons per load
- If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, then replace the showerhead with a more water-efficient one.
- Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Install low-volume toilets.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If color seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. It’s easy to fix, and you can save more than 600 gallons a month.
- Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That’s 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
- Make sure your toilet flapper doesn’t stick open after flushing.
- Bathe your young children together.
- Drop that tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save gallons every time.
- If your toilet was installed before 1980, place a toilet dam or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water used for each flush. Be sure these devices to not interfere with operating parts.
- Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.
- Install a low-flow showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save your family more than 500 gallons a week.
- Turn off the water while you shave and you can save more than 100 gallons a week.