We all share responsibility for the aquifer on which we all depend. Below are just a few easy ways to conserve water in your home.
- Match your washing machine’s wash level to the size of the load you are doing. If you can’t adjust your machine’s wash level, try to wash only full loads. If possible, purchase a front-loading washing machine. They can use up to 60% less water than top-loading models.
- Take showers instead of baths. Reduce showering time and install a low-flow showerhead with a water cutoff handle. While showering, you can flip the handle to temporarily stop water flow when not needed. When you need to rinse, flip the handle back into place and the water returns without any fluctuation in temperature.
- Wash dishes in an energy-efficient dishwasher. According to the EPA, Dishwashers use on average about 9.3 gallons per load, whereas hand washing uses approximately 20 gallons per load.
- Fix all leaking faucets, showerheads, and toilet tanks. Leaks (even slow, quiet ones) can waste up to 500 gallons a day.
- Turn off the faucet whenever possible and collect and reuse water before it goes down the drain as wastewater. For instance, you could fill a basin with water for rinsing vegetables or washing dishes instead of letting the faucet run. When finished, use it to water outdoor plants.
- Install low flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Replace older model toilets with a low flow model that uses 1.6 gallons (instead of 3.5 or more gallons) per flush. Check with your water supply company for rebate programs on low flow toilets, aerators, and other water saving devices.
- Indoor Water Tips from the Water IQ Program
- Water Use it Wisely
- American Water Works Association: WaterWiser
- WaterSense – An EPA Partnership Program
Installing a new toilet or purchasing a new irrigation controller? WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy to find and select water-efficient products backed by third party, independent testing and certification. The WaterSense website has conservation tips, a product search, rebate information by geographic location, and fun games for kids.