Ways to Conserve Water

In the Bathroom:
  • Take a 5-minute shower instead of a bath. This can save about 21 gallons per shower.

  • Install a low-flow shower head to reduce water use by 50% or more.

  • New ultra-low-flush models use 1.9 gallons per flush rather than 7 or 8 gallons.

  • Don't use toilets as a wastebasket, flush only when essential. This can save at least 14 gallons per day.

  • When brushing teeth, use a glassful of water instead of running tap. This can save 3 or more gallons per brushing.

In the Kitchen:

  • When washing dishes by hand, wash in a filled basin, not with running water. This can save 30 gallons per load.

  • When using a dishwasher, wait until you have a full load, short cycle uses only 7 gallons. This can save 11-13 gallons per each cycle not run.

  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator instead of running it at the tap until it cools. This can save about 2 gallons per drink.

  • Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, not under running water. This can save 6 gallons or more per meal.

In the Laundry Room:

  • Wait until you have a full load. This can save about 35 gallons for each small load not run.

  • Purchase a new washing machine with water-saving features; load size selector; and variable water level control. This can save as much as 35 gallons per load.

Lawn & Garden:

  • Deep soak garden once weekly rather than sprinkle lightly several times a week. This can save over 59 gallons a week in the summer.

  • Water evening or morning to prevent rapid evaporation during heat of day. This can save 42 gallons per 1/2 acre of watering not needed.

  • Use a nozzle which can be shut off or adjusted. This can save 6 gallons per minute.

Outside Around the Home:

  • Use a broom rather than a hose to remove leaves and debris from driveway, walk patio, and pool decks. This can save 29 gallons per 5 minutes of work.

  • Cover swimming pool to slow down the evaporation of water. This can save the equivalent of its volume each year.

  • Use a carwash that recycles water or wash car at home. This can save 70 gallons per wash at a car wash.

  • Wash car with a bucket, sponge and a hose with a shutoff valve. This can save 50 gallons or more per wash.





  • Don't use your toilet as a garbage can. Flushing garbage away only wastes water and can cause problems at the sewage treatment plant.

  • Take a shorter shower. Just five minutes less could save 22 gallons of water per shower.

  • Only run your washing machine for a full load of clothes.


  • Check for leaks. Take a reading of your water meter before you go to bed. If the reading has increased in he morning, you probably have a leak somewhere in your house. If no one has used any water in your house but the meter reading has increased, you have a leak!

  • Fix a toilet that runs on after flushing and save 5 - 10 gallons of water per hour!

  • Replace worn washers that cause faucet leaks.


  • Installing water-saving devices on your existing fixtures and appliances can mean a small investment for big savings

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