Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Dripping water faucet

  • Use the shower rather than the bathtub for bathing and limit your shower to no more than 5 minutes. You can save up to one thousand gallons a month.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving or preparing food and save four gallons a minute. That is two hundred gallons a week for a family of four.
  • Limit vehicle washing. Use a hose nozzle and turn off the water when washing your car and save more than one hundred gallons of water. Try to wash your car on the lawn and not the pavement so excess water can return to the ground and not evaporate.
  • Don't use a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways. Use a broom and save up to eighty gallons of water every time.
  • Limit lawn watering to that necessary for plant survival. 
  • Water shrubbery the minimum amount required.
  • Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist which allows water to evaporate easily. Install a drip irrigation system for gardens, trees and shrubs.
  • If you wash dishes by hand, avoid running the water continuously; fill one sink with wash water and one with rinse water. That will save two hundred gallons a week for a family of four.
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Check all washing machine hose connections for leaks. Fixing a leak can save five hundred gallons each month.
  • Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.
  • Install flow-restrictors or aerators on all faucets.
  • Install water saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers. 

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