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Saving Water

START A WATER-SAVING HABITbrush teeth

Developing water-saving habits is something everyone can do. Develop a new habit for yourself, or teach it to your kids, and you will truly be helping Renton save for the future. The following list is just a start; the possibilities are unlimited.

  • Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth. Instead, fill a glass half way and use that water to wet your brush and rinse your mouth.
  • Catch clean water from your kitchen faucet by keeping a small tub or bowl in the sink. You will be surprised at how much water you collect. Use this water on your houseplants or outdoor container plants.
  • Launder full loads. Select new machines that have adjustable water levels or a front-loading machine which uses less water.
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. When buying new appliances, select water saving features.
  • Do not use the toilet as a trash can. Throw tissues, insects, and other trash in the wastebasket, not the toilet.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash that recycles its water, instead of washing your car at home.
  • Do not let the water run when you shave or wash your hands. Fill the basin and dip your razor or hands as needed.
  • Only fill the tub part way when you take a bath. A good rule is five inches of water depth.
  • As you wait for shower water to heat up, collect the cold water in a bucket . Use it for watering plants.
  • Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking so you will not have to let the faucet run to get cold water.
  • Take short showers, rather than baths. Limit showers to five minutes or less.
  • Turn the valves under the sink to reduce the rate of water flow
  • Serve drinking water only if someone requests it.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
  • Use a small pan of water to wash, peel, or clean vegetables rather than letting the water run.
  • Limit use of the garbage disposal because it requires a sizeable amount of water to operate properly. Wait and use the disposal only once rather than several times.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Insulate your water pipes. You will get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in a savings of water. Do not worry if the savings is minimal. Every drop counts. And every person can make a difference. So tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to "Turn it Off" and "Keep it Off".