Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks
Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.
Check Your Toilet for Leaks
Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the coloring appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that may be wasting 100 gallons of water a day.
Stop Using Your Toilet as an Ashtray or Wastebasket
Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away 5-7 gallons of water. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank. Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a quart bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet.
A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest shower.
Take Shorter Showers
A shower uses 5-10 gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers to the time if takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Your hardware store stocks inexpensive shower heads or flow restrictors that will cut your shower flow to about 3 gallons a minute instead of 5-10. They are easy to install.
Turn Off the Water While Brushing Your Teeth
Before brushing, wet brush, and fill glass for rinsing your mouth.
Turn Off the Water While Shaving
Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water in which to rinse your razor.
In the Kitchen & Laundry
Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks
Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An inexpensive washer is usually enough to stop them.
Don’t Let the Faucet Run While Cleaning Vegetables
Rinse your vegetables in a bowl or sink full of clean water.
If You Wash Dishes by Hand, Don’t Leave the Water Running for Rinsing
If you have two sinks, fill with rinse water. If you have only one sink first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, and then rinse them quickly with a spray device or pan of water.
Keep a Bottle of Drinking Water in the Refrigerator
This puts a stop to the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
Use Your Automatic Dishwasher for Full Loads
Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about 25 gallons of water.
Use Your Automatic Washing Machine for Full Loads
Your automatic washer uses 30-35 gallons a cycle.
In the Outdoors
Check for Leaks in Pipes, Hoses, Faucets, and Couplings
Leaks outside the house can be even more wasteful than inside water leaks especially when they occur on your main service line.
Deep-Soak Your Lawn
When you do water your lawn, water it long enough for water to seep down to the roots where it is needed. A light sprinkling that sits on the surface will simply evaporate and be wasted.
Don’t Run the Hose While Washing Your Car
Soap down your car from a pail of soapy water. Use a hose only to rinse it off.
Don’t Water the Gutter
Position your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden, not in the areas where it does no good. Also, avoid watering on windy days when much of your water may be carried off to the streets or sidewalks.
Plant Drought Resistant Trees and Plants
Put a Layer of Mulch Around Trees and Plants
Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture.
Tell Your Children Not to Play with the Hose and Sprinklers
This practice is extremely wasteful of precious water and should be discouraged.
Use a Broom to Clean Driveways, Sidewalks, and Steps
Using a hose wastes hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water.
Water During the Cool Parts of the Day
Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.
Water Your Lawn Only When It Needs It
Watering on a regular schedule doesn’t allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduces the need for watering. Step on some grass, if it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn’t need water.