Water Conservation Tips
Safe potable drinking water is a precious commodity. As the population grows, there will be an ever increasing
demand for clean water. Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Below are listed tips that can be utilized by consumers to help them with their water conservation efforts.
· Toilet flushing consumes nearly half of the daily household consumption using about 5-7 gallons per
· Your toilet is not a wastebasket – don’t use it to flush away cigarette butts or Kleenex.
· Toilet dams save about two gallons per flush.
· Most new toilets presently available on the market are engineered for low volume and use about 3 ½ gallons per
· Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank. If colored water shows in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak
and repairs are needed.
Bathing usually consumes the second greatest quantity of water in the home.
· A shower generally uses less water than a bath.
· Do your showering and hair washing in one step.
· Fill the tub on ¼ full. This is enough to cover an adult’s body or float a child’s toy.
· Most showers can be fitted with a flow restrictor or low-volume head to conserve water.
· Don’t turn the shower on until you’re ready to step in.
· Don’t leave water running while washing your face, shaving or brushing your teeth.
· An electric razor used less energy than it takes to heat up the water for razor shaving.
Kitchen and Laundry
Twenty-five percent of the daily household water use occurs in the kitchen and laundry with much of this water
· Remove frozen foods from freezer before you’re ready to use them so you won’t have to use running water to
· Always use lids on pots and pans.
· Use the smallest amount of water possible in cooking to save both water and nutrients.
Most frozen vegetables require about ½ to 1 cup of water, not half a saucepan.
· Rather than letting the water run while peeling vegetables, rinse them briefly at the beginning and end
of the chore.
· Don’t let the faucet run for a cold rink. Keep a jug of water cooling in the refrigerator.
· When washing dished by hand, use a stopper in the sink and don’t rinse with running water.
· Use low-sudsing detergents – they require less rinsing.
· Adding ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar to your wash water cuts grease more readily than not water alone.
· Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load, since each load uses from 12 to 17 gallons of water.
· Use the pre-wash, rinse-hold and scrub cycles of our dishwasher only when necessary.
· If your washer has a variable load control, always adjust water levels to fit the size of the load. This saves both
water and the energy needed to heat the extra hot water.
· Run your washer when you have a full load.
· Remember that in soft water clothes get cleaner and require less detergent and less rinse water.
· When buying a new washing machine, look for models with water or energy-saving controls.
All Around the House
· Check every faucet for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 or 20 gallons a day.
· Use a broom, not the hose, to clean the garage, sidewalks, and driveway. Wash the car from a bucket. Use the
hose only to rinse it off afterwards.
· Insulate the hot water heater, pay special attention to the insulation qualities of the shell.
Avoid buying a larger tank than is necessary for your needs.
Lawn and Yard
· Morning is the best time to water most lawns. Before 10:00 a.m. is best of all because rising heat later on tends
to steal a lot of water by evaporation. Another benefit is that grass leaves have a chance to dry off quickly.
Evening or night time watering leaves the grass wet and can allow lawn diseases to develop.
· A lush green lawn requires 1 to 1½ inches of water a week. Water three times a week applying about ½ inch at
a time. Keep in mind the amount of rainfall that might fall on your yard and adjust your watering schedule
· If you let your grass grow to about 1½ to 2 inches in the summer, water loss will be reduced because the blades
will provide shade for the roots.
· Avoid watering when windy or in the heat of the day.
· Don’t allow sprinklers to run unattended. Use a timer as a reminder when it’s time to move or turn off the
· Lawns that are frequently aerated absorb water better.
· High nitrogen fertilizers stimulate lawn growth and increase water requirements.
· Thatch build-up in a lawn can create a rapid run-off situation. Every spring the lawn should be
raked and dead grass removed.
· Sprinklers throwing large drops in a flat pattern are more effective than those with fine, high sprays.
· Forget about watering streets, walks and driveways. They don’t grow a thing.
· Mulch shrubs and other plantings so the soil holds moisture longer.
· When possible, flood-irrigate vegetables and flower gardens rather than using sprinklers. Irrigation allows
deeper soaking with less water.
Sprinklers result in high evaporation loss of water.