Tips on Saving Water

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  • Put a stopper in the sink or use a dishpan when washing dishes - washing with running water can use 30 gallons per meal.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator - running water from the faucet until cold can waste a gallon.
  • Wait until you have a full wash load before running the washing machine.  The average machine uses 50 gallons per load.
  • Turn the hot water off while shaving and turn the cold water off while brushing teeth.  Shaving and brushing with a running faucet uses about 20 gallons.
  • Take showers instead of baths.  The usual bath requires 36 gallons; the usual shower only 25.  Ten gallons are enough for a shower if the water is turned off while washing.
  • Use the dishwasher only when it is completely full.
  • Fix dripping faucets promptly.  Nearly two gallons can be wasted per day due to dripping.
  • Running toilets can waste four gallons per hour.  Keep them in good repair.
  • Do not over-water lawns and gardens.  An irrigation system generally helps save water; however, automatic systems must have settings adjusted to respond to the season.