Water Conservation Tips for Residents
For Every Room in the House with Plumbing
- Repair all water leaks immediately and be especially alert for leaks in toilets and faucets.
- Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines).
- Install and maintain flow restrictors (aerators) on faucets.
- While waiting for running water to warm or cool for use on plants or in cleaning, capture flow for other uses.
In the Kitchen
- When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
- Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
- Only run the dishwasher when it's full.
- When buying a dishwasher, select one with a "light-wash" option.
- Only use the garbage disposal when necessary. Buy a drain screen and empty food waste in garbage.
- Install faucet aerators. Composting is a great alternative also.
- Scrape food from dishes without water prior to rinsing.
- Operate the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded.
- Rather than running the tap for cool drinking water, keep a filled container in the refrigerator
In the Bathroom
- Take short showers (5 minutes) instead of baths. Or consider turning off shower while soaping and/or washing hair
- Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.
- Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking.
- Install a toilet dam, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads.
- Do not use toilets as wastebaskets or ashtrays.
- Turn off water when shaving and brushing teeth.
- Run full loads of laundry. Set water level to match clothes amount.
- When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size.
Information compiled from:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency https://www3.epa.gov/region1/eco/drinkwater/water_conservation.html
University of Massachusetts Amherst: https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/indoor-outdoor-residential-water-conservation-checklist