Water Conservation Tips

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Saving Water is for Everyone

  • Each time you flush a toilet, 5 to 7 gallons of water are used.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Collect water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then use it to water houseplants.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or 2 and you'll save up to 150 gallons of water a month.
  • Rinse dishes with a spray device or in a pan of hot water.
  • Install water saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
  • Place a brick inside your toilet tank. This acts to displace water and can save gallons of water daily.
  • Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  • Turn off water while brushing your teeth or shaving and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  • Taking tub baths uses less water than showers. Don't fill the tub more than necessary and remember to plug the drain before turning on the water.
  • Fill the bottom of the sink with enough water to rinse the razor rather than letting the water run. Electric razors save a great deal of water.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Listen for dripping faucets or running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month.
  • Water houseplants only when necessary. More houseplants die from over-watering than under-watering.
  • Water your lawn only when needed. If the grass springs back up after stepping on it, then it does not need watering. If it stays flat, then it needs watering.
  • Sweep patios, driveways and walks with a broom rather than hosing them down.
  • Water during the cool parts of the day. Deep soak your lawn so that the water soaks down to the roots. A light sprinkling will only evaporate and cause shallow root systems which will require more watering.
  • Soak pots and pans instead of allowing water to run while you scrape them clean.
  • When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
  • Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  • Rinse your automobile quickly with a hose equipped with a pistol-grip nozzle. Wash a section at a time with a sponge in a soapy bucket. Briefly spray to rinse off soap after each section has been washed.
  • Thaw frozen foods in advance in the refrigerator to eliminate thawing under warm water.
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. It could save water and prevent damage to your home.