Water Conservation Tips

Bathroom

  • Take 5 minute showers or less
  • Only fill the bathtub half way. An average tub can hold 50 gallons of water
  • Install a low-flow shower head to reduce water use by 50%
  • Toilet Leak - Stop into the MAWC to pick up leak detection tablets or put some drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait twenty minutes (do not flush!) If there is coloring in the bowl, you have a leak.

Kitchen

  • Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher
  • Run load on short cycle to save 3-4 gallons a load
  • Thaw frozen food in refrigerator and not under running water
  • Install a low-flow faucet to save 2.5 gallons of water per minute
  • Keep water in the fridge to avoid waiting for cold water to come out of the faucet

Laundry Room

  • Wait until you have a full load to wash clothes, save about 30 gallons of water for each small load not washed
  • When buying a new washer, choose a front loading washer which uses one third less water than top loaders

Lawn, Garden, Backyard, etc.

  • Water lawn in morning and evening to prevent rapid evaporation during the middle of the day
  • Use a nozzle which can be shut off or adjusted to a fine spray – save 5 gallons per minute
  • Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to remove leaves and debris from a driveway or sidewalk
  • Cover swimming pool to slow down the evaporation of water from it
  • Visit a car wash that recycles water
  • Wrap hot water pipes with insulation to avoid waiting for hot water