SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE WATER
Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. This saves approximately 20 gallons of water per day for every leak stopped.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute.
Turn off the water while shaving. This saves approximately three gallons each day.
Install water saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
Shorten your showers to the least amount of time necessary.
Toilets from earlier than 1992 use much more water than present day toilets. High-efficiency models are now available that reduce the amount of water used per flush from 3.5-7 gallons per flush to 1.5 gallons per flush.
Check your toilet for leaks. Put dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak that should be repaired.
Don’t use your toilet as an ashtray or waste basket.
Wash dishes by hand.
If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan.
Don’t defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water in conjunction with a quick hose rinse at the end. This saves approximately 150 gallons of water each time.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. This saves approximately 150 gallons or more every time.
Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs and not on the adjacent impervious pavement.
Water during the cool times of the day. Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.
Don’t water the lawn on windy days. There’s too much evaporation.
Only water your lawn when it really needs it.
Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers if it is raining.
Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems.
Comply with the City’s sprinkling bans.
Set lawn mower blades one notch higher, especially during the warm summer months. Longer grass means less evaporation.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow down evaporation.
If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation. It will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals.