Saving water indoors
- Buy a front loading washer, which uses 1/3 less water than top loading models.
- Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
- The toilet handle frequently sticks in the flush position letting water run constantly,
replace or adjust it.
- Install a toilet dam or displacement device such as a bag or bottle to cut down on the amount of
water needed for each flush.
- Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face.
Saving water outdoors
- Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.
- Check sprinkler systems and timing devices regularly to be sure they operate properly.
- Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
- Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled.
- Don’t overwater your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every five to seven days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter.
General water saving tips
- Be aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules in effect in your community.
- Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
- Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Don’t worry if the savings are minimal because every drop counts.
- Support projects that will lead to an increased use of reclaimed waste water for irrigation and other uses.
- Get involved in water management issues. Voice your questions and concerns at public meetings conducted by your local government or water management district.