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In the Bathroom

  • Install an ultra low-flow toilet that requires only 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • Check toilets periodically for leaks and repair them promptly.
  • Don't use the toilet as a trash can.

Showers and Faucets

  • Take a quick shower rather than a bath and save an average of 20 gallons of water.
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute. Replace an existing shower head if a one gallon bucket placed under the flow takes less than 20 seconds to fill.
  • Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets to reduce indoor water use by as much as 4%.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving and save more than 5 gallons per day.
  • Clean vegetables in a sink or pan partially filled with water rather than running water from the tap.
  • Reuse the water that vegetables are washed in for watering houseplants or for cleaning.
  • If you wash dishes by hand, rinse them in a sink partially filled with clean water instead of under running water.
  • Instead of waiting for tap water to get cold enough for drinking, keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator.
  • Whenever possible, compost food scraps or dispose of them in the garbage rather than using the garbage disposal which requires a high level of water for operation.


  • Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water and use a nozzle to stop the flow of water from the hose between rinsings.
  • Clean driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of the hose.
  • Check for leaks in outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses.
  • Prevent the creation of leaks by shutting off and draining water lines to outside spigots in the winter.
  • Cover your spa or pool to reduce evaporation. An average size pool left uncovered can lose as much as 1,000 gallons of water per month.
  • Also, check your spa/pool for leaks and have them repaired promptly.

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