10 Tips for Reducing Water Use

Use less water by trying these 10 easy tips:

  1. Don’t leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth.
  2. Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running them.
  3. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run.
  4. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons per day.
  5. Install water-efficient appliances in your home. Look for the EPA WaterSense labels, and check with your local water system to see if they offer rebates.
  6. Don't over-water your lawn, and water early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation.
  7. When the driveway or sidewalk needs cleaning, consider a broom instead of a hose. It can save up to 80 gallons of water.
  8. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90%.
  9. Help preserve the quality of the available water supply by not overusing pesticides and fertilizers, avoiding flushing medications down the toilet or sink, and disposing of hazardous materials properly.
  10. Place rain barrels beneath your downspouts. The rainwater can be used for outdoor plants and trees or to wash a car.