Water Conservation

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Water conservation is the efficient use of water, while also avoiding waste.  Water conservation is essential to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water today and into the future.  Water is a finite resource and it is up to everyone to use water wisely.  Conserving water is often as simple as making small changes.

Inside the home:

Bathroom:

  • Turn off water while shaving or brushing your teeth.  This saves up to 4 gallons per minute, or up to 200 gallons a week for a family of 4!
  • Take short showers.  Showers use less water than baths.  Keeping a shower to less than 5 minutes will save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Don't use the toilet as a trash basket, and install a leak-free, high-efficiency toilet.  Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, making up almost 30% of residential indoor water consumption.
  • While washing hands, turn of the water while you lather and scrub!

Kitchen:

  • Wash only full loads of dishes, and select the appropriate water level or load size iption on the dishwasher.
  • Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw foods in the refridgerator overnight.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
  • Compost food waste instead of using the garbage disposal or throwing it in the trash.
  • Keep drinking water in the refridgerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

Laundry:

  • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level of load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine, whch can save over 50% in laundry water and energy use.

Find and fix leaks:

  • You can significantly reduce water use by simply repairing leaky fixtures (faucets and showerheads), pipes and toilets.  A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.  A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons per day!  That's up to 50 extra, unnecessary flushes every day!

For additional information on water conservation, check EPA's page on this topic, or here's another site with some great water conservation tips!