Water Conservation Tips
Continue saving water in your household by maintaining your conservation habits.
Not flushing the toilet after each use can save 3 gallons of water per flush, and a leak could waste up to 200 gallons every day.
Showers and Baths
Taking a shower uses about 10-25 gallons of water, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons. Take a short shower to save water.
Washers use between 25-40 gallons per load. Run full loads and don’t wash your clothes unless they really need it.
Fifty Ways to Conserve Water Usage
The Risk Management Division of Human Resources compiled a list of fifty ways to conserve your water usage.
In the Kitchen
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Postpone dish washing, use disposable table settings, preferably earth friendly whenever possible.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons of water.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from a faucet.
- Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables and use it to water house plants.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food. Plan ahead and defrost food in the refrigerator.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet. This way every drop of water is used.
- Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup.
- Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
- Consider steaming vegetables rather than cooking them in boiling water.
- Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
- Reuse your ice cubes. Drop them in a house plant or the pet water dish in place of watering.
- Check the efficiency of your automatic dishwasher. Determine if it uses less water than hand washing.
- Only run the automatic dishwasher with a full load.
- Don’t pre-rinse dishes going into the automatic dishwasher.
- When possible, replace your dishwasher with an energy efficient unit. They are also more water efficient as well.
- Prepare finger foods that don’t require utensils or dishes that need to be washed.
In the Laundry Room
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the washing load.
- Wash fewer loads of laundry or make sure each load is a full size.
- Invest in newer, water and energy saving, washing machines, when possible.
- Be aware that on most washing machines, the permanent-press cycle utilizes 5 more gallons of water than other cycle selections. Utilize other cycles where possible.
In the Bathroom
- Studies show, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, with ¼ of that usage is for the toilet. Invest in water saving toilets.
- If it is yellow, let it mellow. This tip might not be for everyone, but flushing the toilet less saves water.
- If you have an older toilet, you can use less water to flush with by sinking a half gallon jug of water into the toilet tank. Don’t use bricks as they will break down and the sediment can damage your tank.
- Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Avoid unnecessary flushing.
- If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace your showerhead with a shower head designed to reduce water flow.
- Shorten your shower by a few minutes and save hundreds of gallons per month.
- Re-think your shower schedule and determine if you can skip a shower here and there.
- Check your toilets to make sure they are not leaking water. Replace the seals and flushing valve when necessary.
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the water temperature accordingly.
- Consider taking a short shower rather a tub bath.
- Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth. You can save up to 4 gallons of water a minute.
- Turn off the water while you are washing your hands. Wet your hands and turn off the water before you start to lather the soap. Turn the water back on when you are ready to rinse the soap off your hands.
- Install water saving aerators on all your faucets.
- While waiting for hot water in the shower or sink, collect the water and water your household plants or water your pets.
- Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons per month.
- Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Wipe out a sink with a towel or washcloth rather than rinsing with water.
- Teach children of all ages to turn off faucets completely after each use.
- Reward children for water saving tips they follow.
- Avoid playing with toys that would require a pool of water or a constant flow of water.
- If you have a leaky faucet, grab a wrench and fix it or find a handyman and get it repaired.
- Reuse towels by hanging them up to air dry so that they don’t have to be washed as often.
- Use less electricity. Power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool with. Using less electricity saves water.
- Don’t use water to clean your driveway, patio or deck. Use a broom to sweep up the area.
- Delay washing your vehicles as much as possible. Eliminating a vehicle washing over time saves water and energy.
- Consider the use of a rain barrel to water plants and lawn.
- When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water away. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
Every drop counts!