Water Conservation

Simple Ways to Save Water- and money!

Tips for In the Bathroom
  • Watch out for leaky toilets and faucets, and repair leaks immediately. A slow drip wastes 15 to 20 gallons of water, and a leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons each day if neglected.
  • HOW TO CHECK- check toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak and repairs are necessary!
  • By not fixing your leaky faucet, you are wasting between $32 to $43 dollars annually for each faucet
  • By not fixing your leaky toilet, you are wasting around $20 dollars a week, totaling $1,000 annually for each toilet in the household
  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth, wash your face and hands, or shave. As much as 7 gallons of water goes straight down the drain when the faucet is left running.
  • By not turning off the faucet during these daily tasks, you waste 2,555 gallons of water, as well as $15, per person annually

Tips for In the Kitchen and Laundry
  • When washing dishes by hand, never run water continuously. Fill a basin or use a stopper in the sink for rinse water
  • Employing these tactics while doing dishes by hand will save 35% of the water used, which equates to also saving 3 gallons of water per minute.
  • Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded. Utilize the shortest cycle possible and minimize the use of detergent
  • While doing dishes weekly is necessary, the detergent can get very costly if used in excess. Save money on water and detergent by making sure that your dishwasher/clothes washers are at capacity before running a cycle. This could save you 20-30 gallons of water, per load of laundry, ultimately saving you around $530 a year.

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