Ideas for Conserving Water
- Defrost foods in the refrigerator or microwave rather than under running water.
- Do not let the faucet run when brushing your teeth instead use a glass of water to rinse.
- Do not let the faucet run when rinsing vegetables instead use a pan of water or the sink instead.
- If pre-rinsing dishes use the sink and do not let the faucet run.
- If upgrading appliances or plumbing fixtures, choose the ones that conserve water. A high efficiency, front loading washing machine can use 30% less water than a top loading model.
- If watering, don’t water the sidewalk, driveway, or street.
- Install water conserving faucet aerators and showerheads.
- Repair leaky pipes and faucets. A slow steady drip can waste 350 gallons of water per month. Not only does this waste water it increases your sewer bill and can increase your energy costs if it is hot water.
- Repair leaky toilets. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- Reposition downspouts onto lawn and garden areas rather than sidewalks or the driveway.
- Run dishwashers only when full, using the water saver feature if available.
- Run washing machines only when full and on the proper load size selection.
- Take shorter showers or a shower instead of a bath.
- Turn off faucets when not in use. Do not let the faucet run when shaving instead use rinse water in the sink.
- Turn off icemakers and use trays instead.
- Use a broom or blower instead of the hose to clean off sidewalks and driveways.
- Use paper or recyclable plates and cups to cut down on dish washing.