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Water Conservation Inside the Home

Here are some quick tips to help you save water inside your home.

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  • toilet
  • sink
  • tub and shower
    Tub or Shower
  • dishwasher
  • hand washing dishes
    Handwashing Dishes
  • garbage disposal
    Garbage Disposal
  • food preparation
    Food Preparation
  • drinking water
    Drinking Water
  • clothes washer
    Clothes Washer
The Cost of a Toilet Leak

Don't use your toilet as a garbage disposal or trash can

A quick way to check for toilet tank leaks:

Toilet Leak Detection tablet
  • Use manufactured toilet leak detection tablets 
    • Add to tank and stir slightly
    • Wait 15 to 20 minutes
    • If color appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak
    • Get leak repaired by a licensed WSSC Water plumber

Manufactured toilet leak detection tablets are available through our Communications and Community Relations Office by calling 301-206-8100 or sending an email to



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


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)


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.


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

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Water Conservation Outside Your Home

Summer Water Conservation Tips
Last Modified: May 24, 2024, 12:46 pm EDT