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Water supplies are not endless. Everyone can play a
part, at home, at school or in the community, to protect and to
conserve our water so that it will be sustained for future
Here are some ideas on how you can save water in the
Install a low-flow
faucet aerator, which can cut water use in half.
- Soak pots and pans before washing. When
washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water.
- Fill the basin or a pan with water to
wash fruits and vegetables.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the
refrigerator rather than running tap water until it is cool
enough to drink.
- When buying a new dishwasher, consider
purchasing a water-saving model. Newer models can cut water use
by 25 percent and are no more expensive than non-conserving
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.
Bathroom use accounts
for about 65 percent of the water used inside the home.
- Check regularly for any leaks and fix
them. Most common bathroom leaks are found in faucets and in and
- Replace older, larger-use toilets with
the newer ultra-low flush models. Standard toilets manufactured
prior to the 1980s usually require 10 gallons per flush. Toilets
sold during the 80s and early 90s use 6 gallons per flush.
- Do NOT use the toilet to dispose of
paper, facial tissues, or cigarettes.
- Take a five-minute shower.
- Use the minimum amount of water needed
for a bath by closing the drain and the filling the tub only 1/3
- Install a low-flow showerhead. It can
save about half the amount of water you typically use in the
shower, while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower.
- Turn the tap water off while brushing
your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.
- If the toilet flush handle frequently
sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly,
replace or adjust it.
Laundry Room Tips
When buying a new
clothes washer, consider purchasing a water-saving model. New
horizontal axis models can save up to 40 percent of the water
used by a conventional model. Check with
your municipality to see if they provide rebates on the purchase
of water-saving clothes washers.
- Wash only full loads in the clothes
- Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot
water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- In the summer, lawn watering and other
outdoor uses can account for up to 50 percent of home water use.
Studies show that as much as half of this outdoor use is
wasteful. As a general rule, one inch of
water per week is adequate.
- Don't overwater your landscape. It can
cause yellowing leaves or poor plant health. Give plants only
the amount of water that they need.
- Use low-angle or pulsating sprinklers
that produce large fat droplets of water. Sprinklers that spray
the water high into the air or produce a mist or fine spray lose
much of the water through evaporation.
- Set sprinklers to water the lawn, not
sidewalks and driveways.
- Check your sprinkler or irrigation
systems regularly for any leaks, and fix them.
- Be sure your hose has an automatic
shutoff nozzle to ensure water is not wasted when the hose is
- Add two to four inches of organic
material, such as peat or compost, to the soil. Greater soil
depth will increase the ability of the soil to retain moisture.
- Use water-wise plants. Native and
adaptive plants will use less water and be resistant to local
plant diseases and pests.
- Using a running hose to wash your car can
waste about 100 gallons of water. Using a bucket with a sponge
plus a trigger nozzle on the hose will save you about 50 of
- If you own a pool, be sure to use a pool
cover when it's not in use. This will cut down on evaporation
losses and will keep it cleaner and warmer. Check equipment such
as filtration systems and water inlets on a regular basis for
signs of leaks.
- Collect rain water in an old barrel or
other large container that is outfitted with a spigot and a
suitable cover, and use the water on your garden. Use this water
as an alternative to turning on the hose for newly transplanted
material, window boxes, flower pots and container gardens. Rain
water is actually better for your plants as it does not contain
any chlorine and is at ambient temperature. Keep your rain
barrel covered to prevent mosquitoes breeding and for safety