The average family uses 21.7% of their water washing clothes, 1.4% washing dishes, 15.7% using faucets, 16.8% showering, 26.7% flushing toilets, 13.7% on leaks, 1.7% taking baths, and 2.2% on other uses.
Save Water in the Bathroom
- Check all faucets, pipes, and toilets periodically for leaks
A faucet drip or invisible leak in the toilet will add up to 15 gallons of water a day, or 105 gallons a week, which adds up to 5,475 gallons of wasted water a year. Check your flapper periodically to make sure it's a tight fit.
- Install water saving shower heads
Low-flow showerheads deliver 2.5 gallons of water per minute or less and are relatively inexpensive. Older showerheads use 5 to 7 gallons per minute.
- Take shorter showers or take a bath
Simply taking shorter showers will save gallons of water. For long exposures to the water, a partially filled bath instead of a shower will use less water.
- Install a 1.28 or less High Efficiency toilet
High Efficiency toilets use 1.28 or less gallons of water per flush. Using these could cut indoor water use by as much as 20%. Older toilets use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. For more information on the City's Operation Low Flow toilet rebate program call 768-3655.
- Check for toilet leaks
Once a year, check for toilet leaks. Remove the toilet tank cover and drip 10 drops of food coloring into the tank. After 15 minutes, check for color in the toilet bowl. If you see any color, your toilet has a leak and should be repaired immediately. Again, remember to check your flapper periodically to make sure it's a tight fit.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket
Using a wastebasket instead of the toilet for tissues and other bits of trash will save gallons of water that are otherwise wasted.
- Install high efficiency, low-flow faucet aerators
Older faucets use between 3 and 7 gallons per minute. Low-flow faucet aerators use no more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute. The aerators can be attached to most existing faucets.
- Fix leaky faucets immediately
A leaky faucet may simply need a new washer. Small faucet leaks can waste 20 gallons of water a day. Large leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
- Turn off the water while shaving, brushing teeth, etc.
Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth, wash your face or hands, or shave. This can save 3 to 7 gallons per minute.
Save Water in the Kitchen and Laundry
- Rinse Efficiently
Running faucets waste 3 to 7 gallons of water per minute. Before rinsing, put the sink stopper in place instead of running the water. If you need to use the garbage disposal, release the used sink water as the disposal is turned on.
- Fill your dishwasher
Your dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether it is full or just partially full of dishes, so be sure to fill it. Many dishwashers have a water saver cycle to save even more water.
- Keep drinking water in your refrigerator
Don't let the faucet run until the water cools down. Instead, keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator
When defrosting food, plan ahead to thaw it in the refrigerator or microwave oven instead of under running water.
- Select proper water level for laundry
Unlike your dishwasher, you can control the amount of water used by your clothes washer. Select the proper water level for each load of laundry. A front load washing machine uses 1/3 less water than a top loading machine, uses less energy and gets clothes cleaner.
- Reuse fish tank water
Use fish tank water on your household plants. Besides saving water, it's a good fertilizer as well.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2012 )