Check your toilet for leaks. Put a little food coloring into your toilet tank and let it sit for 15 minutes. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. A leaky or fully running toilet can waste as much as 70,000 gallons of water a month!
Bathroom facilities claim nearly 75% of the water used. An ultra-flow flush toilet can cut your family’s total indoor water use by as much as 20%.
Low-flow showerheads can be installed to deliver 1.25 gallons per minute, as opposed to the standard 3.2 gallons. Or keeping your shower to less than 5 minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. Energy savings from less hot water usage will also result.
Check faucets for leaks. A dripping faucet can waste up to 180 gallons of water a month.
Install sink aerators to reduce the flow of water. You could save up to 240 gallons a month.
Turn off the faucet. This may sound simple, but gallons of water are wasted daily while people wash dishes, clean vegetables, shave and brush their teeth. Turning off the water while you shave can save you more than 400 gallons per month.
When you rinse off vegetables and fruits, plug up the sink instead of using running water.
Plug up the sink when you wash dishes by hand, too. When you’re finished, turn on the garbage disposal as you pull the plug.
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Allowing the faucet to run until the water feels cool wastes water.
Select the appropriate water level for the size of the load of laundry. Most washers now offer preset water levels for small, medium and large loads.
Maximize appliance efficiency by making sure dishwashers and clothes washers are fully loaded before starting them. Do this and you can save another 15 gallons per load for dishwashers or 55 gallons per load for clothes washers.
Shorten your shower by 2 minutes each day and save 150 gallons of water every month.
Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run to rinse them clean.
Report leaky toilets and faucets to property managers right away.