Top 10 Water Conservation Tips
- Limit Shower Time. The average shower uses 5-10 gallons of water per minute. So keep your showers short. Changing the shower head is an inexpensive way to conserve water too!
- If possible take baths instead of showers. An average bathtub can hold 50 gallons. By filling it only halfway, you save 50%.
- Don’t leave water on while you brush your teeth or shave.
- Use dish washers and clothes washers for full loads only.
- Water your lawn only when needed and only in the morning or late evening, allowing the water to soak into the ground.
- Cover swimming pool to slow down the evaporation of water from its surface.
- Keep bottled water in the fridge instead of running the water until it gets cold.
- Don’t use a water hose to clean driveways, porches, or sidewalks.
- Insulate your meter and pipes to prevent freezing during the winter months.
- Check for leaks quarterly.* A dripping faucet can waste 15-20 gallons a day. By checking and fixing the leak, you will save 6,000 gallons a year.
How to Check for Leaks
You can check for leaks by reading your water meter at the same time every day for 3-5 days and/or by reading your water meter at night before everyone goes to bed and then again in the morning before everyone gets up and begins using water.
*Always remember to periodically check for leaks.