Water Saving Habits

Developing water-saving habits is something everyone can do. Develop a new habit today.

  • Turn the water off while brushing teeth. Instead, fill a glass half way and use that water to wet the toothbrush and rinse.

  • Catch clean water from the kitchen faucet by keeping a small tub or bowl in the sink. Use this water for watering plants.

  • While waiting for shower water to heat up, collect the cold water in a bucket. Use it for watering plants.

  • Launder full loads. Select new machines that have adjustable water levels or a front-loading machine that 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 the car to a commercial car wash that recycles its water, instead of washing the car at home.

  • Do not let the water run when shaving. Fill the basin and dip the razor as needed.

  • Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking.

  • Take short showers, rather than baths. Limit showers to five minutes or less.

  • Only fill the tub part way when taking a bath. A good rule is five inches of water depth.

  • Turn the valves under the sink to reduce the rate of water flow .

  • 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. 

  • Instead of using the garbage disposal, dispose of food scraps in the yard waste cart.

  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the microwave's defrost setting. 

  • Insulate water pipes. The water will get hotter faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.

Try to do one thing each day that will result in a savings of water because every drop counts.

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