Water Conservation in Homes
Here are some ways to conserve water around the house and save yourself some dollars.
- Never use your toilet as a waste basket.
- Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Take short showers instead of tub baths. Turn off the water flow while soaping or shampooing.
- If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.
- Bathe small children together.
Kitchen and Laundry:
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin. Use a vegetable brush.
- Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- Use a dishpan for washing and rinsing dishes.
- Do not use a larger pan than necessary when preparing food.
- Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher.
- Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
- Operate the dishwasher only when completely full.
- Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- Minimize use of the garbage disposal.
Outside the home:
- Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.
- Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- When using a hose, control the flow with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.
- Cover swimming pools to prevent evaporation and lower the water level to prevent splash out.
- See Landscapes for additional information.
- Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. To detect leaks in the toilet, add food coloring to the tank water. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the toilet is leaking. Fixing a leaky hot water faucet not only saves water, it also saves the expense of heating water that is going to waste.
- Install ultra-low flow toilets, or place a plastic container filled with water or gravel in the tank of your conventional toilet. Be sure it does not interfere with operation of the toilet's flush mechanisms.
- Install low-flow aerators and showerheads.
- Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine which can save over 50% in water and energy use.
- Use water from your dehumidifier and fish tank to water plants.
- Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink to avoid running water until the hot water arrives.
- Insulate hot water pipes to minimize running water until the hot water arrives.