Water Conservation

There are several things you can do around your home that will significantly reduce water waste and save you money.

In the bathroom:

  • Nearly 75% of the water used in your home is used in the bathroom.
     
  • An ultra-low toilet can cut your family's total indoor water use by as much as 20%.
     
  • Don't let the water run when you're brushing your teeth or washing your face. "
     
  • When showering, just get wet and turn the water off while soaping up, then turn back on to rinse off. You can also have low-flow showerheads installed that will deliver as little as 1.25 gallons per minute, as compared to the standard 3.2 gallons.

In the kitchen:

  • Make sure your dishwasher is full because it uses the same amount of water whether it contains a full load or just a few pieces.
     
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking rather than running water each time.

In the laundry:

  • Most washers offer different water levels for small, medium, and large loads. Select the appropriate water level for your load of laundry and wait until you have a full load of clothes before running the washing machine whenever possible.

Outside:

  • If you have a pool, cover it. Thousands of gallons of water can be lost through evaporation. Covering the pool will reduce this by 90%.
     
  • Clean your driveway with a broom or blower. Hosing it down for five minutes wastes 25 gallons of water.
     
  • Water your grass between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. to prevent evaporation and allow more water to penetrate the soil.