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Save Water Indoors

  • Perform an annual maintenance check on your evaporative (swamp) cooler. Check for and fix any leaks you find.
  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine, or adjust the water level to reflect the size of the load.
  • Pay attention to your water bill and become familiar with your water meter—use them to track your water use and detect leaks.
  • Purchase appliances that offer water- and energy-efficient cycle options.
  • Fix leaky plumbing fixtures, faucets and appliances in the house.
  • Show children how to turn off the faucets completely after each use.
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve so that water can be saved if a pipe bursts.
  • Install aerators on every faucet. This could save you as much as 1 gallon every minute you use them.
  • Be aware! Listen for drips and leaks around the house.

 Conserve Water in the Bathroom

  • Switch to an ultra low-flow showerhead. This could save you as much as 2.5 gallons every minute you shower.
  • Take shorter showers—try to keep it under 5 minutes.
  • Install ultra-low-flush toilets or place a plastic bottle filled with water or sand in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
  • Put dye tablets or food coloring in your toilet tank and wait to see if the color appears in the bowl (without flushing). If it does, you have a leak!
  • Check to assure that your toilet's flapper valve doesn’t stay open after flushing.
  • When taking a bath, start filling the tub with the drain already plugged instead of waiting first for the water to get warm. Adjust the temperature as the tubs begins to fill.
  • Turn the faucet off while you shave, brush your teeth and lather up your hands.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a garbage can. Place a trash can next to the toilet and use it instead.
  • Buy an electric razor or fill the sink with a little water to rinse your razor, instead of rinsing in running water.
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath. While a five minute shower uses a 12 to 25 gallons, a full tub requires about 70 gallons.

Conserve Water in the Kitchen

  • If you wash dishes by hand, fill one half of the sink with soapy water and the other with clean water instead of letting the water run.
  • Place a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run to get a cool drink.
  • Water your houseplants with water saved from washing your fruits and vegetables, waiting for the water to warm up, or even when you clean your fish tank!
  • Select one glass to use for drinking each day. If you do this, your dishwasher will take longer to fill up and it will not need to be run as frequently.
  • Thaw foods in the refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water instead of using running water.
  • Let your pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
  • Purchase an instant water heater for your kitchen sink so you don’t waste water while it heats up.
  • Scrape the food on your dishes into the garbage instead of using water to rinse it down the disposal.