Inspect all pipes and faucets for leaks,
as hundreds of gallons a day could be dripping away.
Check toilets for hidden leaks.
Tank-to-bowl leaks can waste about a quart of water with each flush. Place a few drops of
food coloring in the tank. Wait fifteen minutes and see if color appears in the
bowl. If so, you have a leak. Make necessary repairs immediately.
Install low-flow shower heads.
Install ultra low-volume toilets or fill
a plastic, one-quart bottle with water and place it in toilet to reduce the amount
of water used with each flush. To anchor bottle, partially fill it with sand or
Turn off the tap while you brush your
teeth and take shorter showers.
Load automatic dishwasher to
capacity. Regardless of how many dishes are loaded, the dishwasher will use about 15
gallons, so get a run for your money.
Use two basins when washing dishes by
hand, one for washing and one for rinsing, rather than a running faucet.
Clean vegetables using water in a pan
and a vegetable brush rather than letting the tap run needlessly.
Put a pitcher of drinking water in
refrigerator so whole family can enjoy nature's thirst quencher without
having to run the tap.
Defrost frozen food without running
water over the packages. Place food in the refrigerator overnight or defrost in
Accept water in a restaurant only if you
plan to drink it.
Clean greasy hands with a waterless hand
cleaner found at hardware stores. Not using a steady stream of water will save 7 to 10
gallons each time.
Insulate your hot water pipes. Less
water will be wasted before hot water flows.
Match load setting on
washing machine with amount of laundry to be washed. If your machine has no
load selector, wash full loads only.
Wash car with soap, water and a
bucket. Use a hose with with a shut-off nozzle for a quick, final rinse. Better yet, find
out if your local car wash recycles its water. Then treat yourself to a car wash and
actually save water.
Use a broom to clean sidewalks or your
driveway. Washing down these areas with a hose is costly and unnecessary.
Adjust sprinklers so only lawn is
watered and not house, sidewalk or street.
Use hose nozzles that can be shut off
when not in use. A single hose left on uses nearly 300 gallons of water an hour.
Water your lawn in early morning,
and never on a windy day, to avoid evaporation.
Maintain your lawn with grass blades at
least 2 1/2 to 3 inches high. Blades can shade each other and reduce evaporation.
Place a layer of mulch around trees and
plants so more water can be retained.
Landscape using low-water plants and
rock gardens to reduce the amount of lawn. Many beautiful, lush trees and plant thrive
with limited irrigation.
Aerate your lawn by punching holes six
inches apart so water will reach the roots rather than run off surfaces.
Know how to turn off an automatic
sprinkler system in case of rain.
Install trickle-drip irrigation systems
close to roots of your plants.
Listen to weather forecasts so you don't
water lawn of garden when it rains.
Use a soil moisture indicator to tell
when your lawn needs watering and when it doesn't.
Start a compost pile instead of using
your garbage disposal, which uses gallons of water and can contribute to polluting source
Cover pools and spas to cut down on
evaporation and reduce the amount of chemicals needed to treat water.
Recycle water from fish tanks by using
it to water plants. Fish emulsion is a good and inexpensive fertilizer high in nitrogen