Saving Water Indoors

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Efficient water use can save you money on water and utility bills. With these household tips you can use less water in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry to help protect the environment and save your family money!

Bathroom Tips

Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Each flush wastes water.

Check toilets for leaks. Put 5-10 drops of food coloring, or a leak detection tablet, in the toilet tank and leave it for ten minutes. If color appears in the bowl, without flushing, there is a leak that requires immediate attention.

Reduce the water level per flush by installing a low-flow toilet or a toilet displacement device: use a plastic bottle weighted with pebbles and water. NEVER USE A BRICK.

Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste 20 or more gallons of water per day.

Don't run the faucet while wetting your toothbrush, brushing your teeth or when shaving.

Install water-efficient showerheads and take shorter showers—get a shower timer.


Kitchen Tips

Only wash dishes when necessary. Turn the dishwasher on only when it is full.

Do not wash dishes under a running faucet.

Install low-flow fixtures and aerators for every faucet in the house.

Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you won’t need to let the tap run to get cold water.

Clean vegetables in a pan of water and not under a running faucet. Water used to clean vegetables can be used to water houseplants.


Laundry Tips

Pre-rinse clothes only when absolutely necessary.

Use the proper water level, load size selection, and water temperature when washing clothes. Consider installing a water efficient washing machine.