Saving Water Indoors
- Never put water down the drain when there is another use for it such as watering plants or cleaning. Use buckets or pots to capture warm-up water from the shower, sink or bath.
- Verify that your home is leak free. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when water is not being used. If the meter does not read the same, there is a leak.
- Repair dripping faucets. This can save up to 20 gallons a day per leak. Insulate your water pipes. You will get hot water more quickly and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Fully load the dishwasher and washing machines. If you wash small loads, be sure to adjust the setting accordingly.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with soapy water. Then quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet or fill the second sink with rinse water.
- Rinse vegetables in a filled sink or pan instead of under running water. Do not use running water to defrost frozen foods. Use the microwave or leave food in the refrigerator overnight.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for tap water to cool.
- Use the garbage disposal less. Disposals require a lot of water to operate properly.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Use a glass of water for rinsing. This can save several gallons of water each day.
- When shaving, fill the bottom of the sink with water for use when rinsing.
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
- Take shorter showers or only fill the bathtub 1/3 of the way full.
- When adjusting water temperatures, turn the water flow down instead of up.
- Flush the toilet less often. Throw tissues and other waste in the trash.
- Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak.
- Replace or repair your toilet handle if it sticks. This will prevent the water from reducing toilet efficiency.
- Install an ultra-low-flush toilet. This can cut the amount of water that goes down the drain about 50% of each flush.
Saving Water Outdoors
- Plant drought resistant trees and plants. Once established they do not need to be watered as frequently.
- Water the lawn and plants in the morning or evening to avoid evaporation.
- Do not water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean these areas. Position sprinklers so water lands on lawn and plants, not paved areas.
- Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle that can be adjusted down to a fine spray. Turn it off at the faucet to avoid leaks.
- Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your hose can pour out nearly 600 gallons of water in two hours.
- Raise the lawn mower blade to at least 3 inches. Taller grass holds water better.
- Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.If you have a swimming pool, consider using a new water-saving pool filter. Install covers on pools and spas to cut down on evaporation.