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Water Conservation Tips

  Water Conservation Tips

Think of how many ways we use water. Whether it’s used for drinking, bathing, cooking or cleaning, water is essential to us every day.

Water conservation has many advantages. When you conserve water you save money, energy and help protect the environment. Here are some ways you can save water.


In the bathroom

  • Consider installing a low-flow toilet.
  • Repair leaks. You can test whether your toilet is leaking by adding food coloring to the tank water and waiting 15 minutes. If you see color in the bowl, there is probably a leak.
  • Don’t let water run while you brush your teeth.
  • Fill the sink with water when you wash or shave your face.
  • Install a low-flow shower head, flow restrictor, or cut-off valve.
  • Repair leaks and drips from your shower promptly.

In the kitchen

  • Install an aerator or flow restrictor on the sink faucet.
  • Use the sink garbage disposal sparingly. Use a garbage can or compost pile instead.
  • Soak pots and pans before washing. Use a minimum amount of dish soap.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is full and avoid extra cycles.
  • Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator or microwave, not under running water.

In the laundry room

  • Match the water level to the load size. If you don’t have a selector, run only full loads.
  • Check faucets and hose connections for leaks.

Around the home

  • Use a pail or basin instead of running water while cleaning.
  • Use a sponge mop instead of a string mop. They use less water for mopping and take less water to keep clean.

Lawn and garden

  • Use a hose nozzle that can be shut off or spray adjusted.
  • Consider an automatic sprinkler or drip irrigation system.
  • Water slowly and thoroughly during cool windless hours. Water as little as possible.
  • Use a broom or rake to remove leaves and clippings. Don’t hose into the street.

Remember, water leaks anywhere in your home are costing you money. Check your water meter at night after all water use has ended and check it again first thing in the morning before water use has begun. If there is a difference in the reading, you have a leak. Investigate by checking pipes and connections around your home. Have all leaks repaired promptly.