Now, more than ever, it’s important to be mindful of your in-home water usage.
Water Conservation Inside the Home
Here are some quick tips to help you save water inside your home.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is where you use the most water, so it's where you can save the most.
Don't use your toilet as a garbage disposal or trash can
Consider installing a low-flow toilet (which is required for replacements and new installations)
Install a water-saving displacement device in the tank:
For older toilets, buy a device that won't harm your plumbing, such as a toilet dam, or improvise one, such as a plastic jug full of water.
Be sure the device does not interfere with operating parts
Do NOT use a brick – it may disintegrate and cause problems
Check overflow pipes to be sure that water is not draining
A quick way to check for toilet tank leaks:
Add dark food coloring to the tank water.
Wait 15 to 20 minutes.
If you see any coloring in the toilet bowl, water is leaking from the tank.
When you wash your hands, which we all are doing more frequently these days, turn off the faucet while you lather and scrub
Don't let the water run while you brush your teeth
When shaving, add water to the sink - don't let the water run
Promptly repair leaks and drips
Install water saving devices; Try a faucet aerator to reduce the amount of water used
Tub or Shower
Take shorter showers
Install water-saving devices. Use a low-flow shower head, flow restrictor or cut-off valve (lets you turn off water at the shower head while soaping up and shampooing, without changing the faucet setting)
In the Kitchen
Economize. Wash only full loads. Avoid using extra cycles. Choose a water-saving model
Inspect all connections to make sure they are tight and dry; repair leaks immediately
Scrape dishes, do not pre-rinse. Soak pots and pans. Instead of continuously running water, add water to the wash and rinse basins. Use a minimum amount of detergent.
Use sink disposal unit sparingly (but never use without running water) or use a garbage can or compost heap instead
To wash vegetables, use a brush and bowl full of water. Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator, not under running water. Cook vegetables with a minimum amount of water and save cooking water for soup stock.
Instead of running cold water, keep a container of water in the refrigerator. Make only the amount of coffee, tea, etc. you expect to consume.
In the Laundry
More than 10% of all water used at home is used by the washing machine, so even small conservation efforts can pay off in the long run.
Use the load selector to match the water level to the size of load; If there is no selector, only wash full loads
Presoak heavily soiled items; Always use minimum amount of detergent
Check faucets and hose connections for leaks; Make repairs or replacements immediately
Inspect pipes for pinhole leaks or leaking joints
If buying a new washer, purchase one with conservation features; Choose a washer with a load size selector or variable water level control
The consumption rate for water-saving devices or products varies significantly. Check the packaging to determine the product's water efficiency. Be as careful and efficient outdoors as you are inside the home. Here are some quick tips:
Check hose and connectors; Repair or replace leaky parts or sections
Use a nozzle that can be turned off or adjusted to fine spray
When finished using a hose, turn off the water at the house connection rather than the nozzle at the end of the hose
For gardens and shrubbery, consider a water-saving drip irrigation system that provides a slow, steady supply of water
Hose bibbs and outdoor faucets are often left active, particularly in the spring and summer. Take steps to prevent someone from using your water. When leaving your home for an extended period, turn your outdoor faucet off from the inside valve to protect against water loss. If you are unable to find this valve, please contact us.
Lawn & Garden
Water slowly and thoroughly during cool, windless weather
Let grass grow taller in hot weather
Use mulch to save moisture
Plant native and other shrubs that require less watering
Water your lawn or garden with recycled cleaning or pool water
Use a broom or rake instead of water to clean leaves, clippings and debris from driveways and walkways
Adjust irrigation system settings to reduce watering time duration and frequency
To wash your car, rinse it once, wash from a bucket of soapy water, rinse quickly again
Used water is fine for chrome, hub caps, wheels
Keep the water level low to minimize splashing; Use a cover to slow evaporation (keeps the water cleaner, too)
Check walls, filtration systems, inlets; repair where needed
A submeter could reduce your average daily consumption because you don’t pay sewer charges on outside water usage