Please, do your part to conserve our most precious natural resource!
Inside the Home
- If you fill the bathtub when bathing, you use about 50 gallons of water. Try to fill only halfway or less.
- Install a low-flow shower head to help conserve water.
- Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower to less than five minutes.
- A household faucet runs at three to five gallons a minute. Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth; turn it on only when it’s time to rinse.
- Avoid using the toilet to dispose of baby wipes, cat litter, animal waste, feminine products, and “flushable” wipes - this will save on sewage treatment.
- Check your toilet for leaks — add several drops of food coloring to the tank. If it has a leak, that color will appear in the bowl within thirty minutes.
- Don’t let the water run down the drain while you’re waiting for it to warm up — capture it in a bucket and use it to water your houseplants.
- When you wash dishes by hand, use wash and rinse basins rather than running water. Soak the pots and pans before washing and minimize the amount of detergent so you don’t have to rinse as much. If you use a dishwasher, do only full loads and avoid an extra cycle
- Limit how often you run your washing machine. Newer washers have auto-sensing water levels that adjust water to the size of your load.
- Insulate your hot water heater — this will help to conserve not only water but also energy!
- Twice a year, when you check your smoke detector batteries, check all of your faucets for leaks.
- Replace worn-out fixtures, washers, and O-rings. A faucet that leaks can waste up to 3,280 gallons of water per year.
Outside the Home
- Instead of the hose, use a broom or leaf blower to remove dead leaves and other debris from the sidewalks and driveway.
- Water your lawn and landscaping during the morning or evening to avoid excess evaporation.
- Use mulch around shrubs to save moisture.
- Use a watering can instead of the garden hose to water flowers.