Water Conservation Tips
“Thinking Green” is often related to air pollution and carbon emissions but fresh water supplies are falling throughout the World. Did you know only 1% of the earth’s water supply is available for drinking? That is why conserving water makes sense. As supplies fall and demand increases so will the cost you pay for water.
Reducing water usage decreases our cost of water, and also waste disposal “sewer”. Additionally, the United States water and sewer infrastructures including water supply pipes, waste drain pipes, and waste treatment plants are aging, requiring costly investment by local utility companies. “Thinking Green” is both an ethical lifestyle choice and an economic choice.
- Toilets are the largest water and sewer user of all fixtures. They also have reputation of leaking so check and adjust your toilets regularly.
- Reduce flushing of the toilet. DO NOT USE THE TOILET AS A TRASH CAN. Use a conveniently located trash can for tissues, gum wrappers, cigarette butts, bugs, diapers, or other things which belong in the trash.
- Take short showers instead of baths and save 5 to 15 gallons of water.
- Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing up.
- Use proper water levels when washing. Run the clothes washer with a full load, matching the water level with the size of the load. A load of laundry uses approximately 50 gallons of water. A front loading washer uses 1/3 the water of a traditional washer.
- When doing laundry make sure you only wash full loads or set your washer for lesser loads.
- When washing cars use a bucket for soapy water and use the hose only for rinsing.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full. Load the dishwasher properly to maximize load and ensure efficient water circulation. You can save additional water by scraping dishes instead of pre-rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher.
- Don’t bother rinsing dishes in the sink. Scrape dishes clean and let the dishwasher do the rest. If washing by hand do not leave the water running while washing
- Don’t leave water running while cleaning vegetables or preparing food. Put a stopper in the sink.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator or use ice so you don’t have to leave water running endlessly.
- Reuse dirty water to water plants and vegetation
- Your toilet may have a silent leak. Drop a little food coloring into the tank, wait about 10 to 20 minutes. If food coloring appears in your bowl, you have leak.
- Check faucets and other fixtures for leaks. Even a small drip can waste 1,000 gallons of water per month.