Reducing Water Use
Helpful Tips for Reducing Water Use
- Reduce the amount of water you use
- Repair leaks; a lot of water can leak away
- Retrofit wherever you can
- Replace water guzzling appliances and fixtures with water efficient devices
Tips for the Bathroom
Your toilet can be responsible for 90% of all leaks. To find if your toilet has a leak:
- Drop some food coloring in your toilet tank
- If you see the color flowing into the toilet bowl, you have a leak
- It may be time to replace the flapper valve, or you may need to replace or adjust the handle
If your toilet is using more than 6 liters of water per flush, it may be time to replace it with a water efficient model.
- Take shorter showers
- Replace your shower head with an ultra low flow version
- Check all faucets
- A leaky faucet may simply need a new washer
- You can also install high-efficiency, low flow faucet aerators that are available at local hardware stores
Tips for the Kitchen
Easy things you can do to save water!
- Thawing food under the tap wastes water. Take food out of the freezer early to allow plenty of time to thaw in the fridge.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water.
- Clean fruits and vegetables in a partially filled sink.
- Steaming vegetables uses less water while keeping more nutrients in the food.
- Run the dishwasher only when it is full and use the energy saver or shortest cycle.
- Do not let the tap run continuously when washing dishes by hand. Use the second side of the sink for rinse water.
- Turn taps off tightly, but gently so they do not drip.
Never put garbage of any kind down the drain, including:
- Cooking fat and greases
- Paints and solvents
- Pesticides and other chemicals
- Toxic household cleaners