Water Saving Tips

A continuous leak wastes an amazing amount of water. Check out this chart!

Dia Hole at 60 PSI Gallons/Month Daily Average
1/4 inch 393,600 13,122
3/16 inch 217,300 7,244
1/8 inch 98,600 3,288
1/16 inch 24,600 822

Drinking water

  • Cool drinking water in refrigerator or with ice, not by running tap
  • Use leftover drinking water for pets or to water plants

Kitchen

  • Use a vegetable brush to speed cleaning food
  • Spray water in short bursts
  • Faucet aerators cut water consumption
  • Don't use running water to defrost food. Plan ahead to defrost overnight in the refrigerator, use a microwave or put wrapped food in a bowl of cold water
  • Limit dishwasher use to full loads
  • Use a rubber spatula to scrape dishes clean to limit pre-rinse

Bathroom

  • Don't let the water run while you brush your teeth
  • An electric shaver saves the most
  • Filling the tub uses about 50 gallons of water - try bathing in just 10 gallons
  • Plug the bathtub and start the hot water; wait to add cold water until the water in the tub has reached the right temperature
  • When you've finished bathing, use the bath water to clean the tub
  • Install a low-flow showerhead and keep showers under five minutes
  • Turn off the water to soap up

Toilet

  • Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket
  • Every flush you can avoid saves between 2 - 7 gallons of water
  • To test if the toilet flapper valve is leaking add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If it's leaking, the coloring will appear in the toilet without flushing.
  • Install a water efficient toilet

Landscaping

  • Mulch to retain water
  • Plant hardy, water-saving plants, trees, and shrubs, particularly native species
  • Aerate lawns
  • Mow less frequently in dry times
  • Landscaping benefits most from slow, thorough, infrequent watering
  • Minimize evaporation by watering in early morning or evening
  • Install drip irrigation and automatic timers

Car Wash

  • Use a shut-off nozzle and wash your car in small sections
  • Direct run-off to water landscaping