Water Conservation Tips

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There are three basic ways to conserve water:

  • Economize – A lot of water goes down the drain, so think about the amount of water being used.
  • Repair leaks – A leak of one drop per second wastes 2,400 of gallons of water per year. Most leaks are easy to locate and repair.
  • Install water saving devices – Use water efficient or low flow fixtures.
Here are some suggestions on how to conserve water:
  • First, check for leaky faucets, hose connections, and toilets and repair them immediately.
  • Install aerators or low flow faucets throughout the house.
  • If washing dishes by hand, scrape or soak the dishes or pots and pans, but do not pre-rinse them. Do not let the water run continuously and use a minimum amount of soap.
  • If washing dishes by an automatic dishwasher, do a full load and avoid extra cycles.
  • If purchasing a dishwasher, choose a water saving model.
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly.
  • Do not use running water to defrost frozen food, use the refrigerator or microwave.
  • When doing laundry, do full loads or if you have a load selector match the water level with load size.
  • If purchasing a washing machine, choose one that has a load size selector and variable water level control.
  • Do not let water run when shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Keep showers short and bath in swallow water.
  • Install a low flow shower head, flow restrictor or cut-off valve so you may shut off the water at the shower head while soaping and shampooing.
  • When mopping, use a string mop because it uses less water for mopping and takes less water to keep clean.
  • Consider using an automatic sprinkler system.
  • Use a hose nozzle that can be shut off or adjusted to a fine spray.