Tips on Saving Water
- 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.