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Water-Saving Tips

Water-Saving Tips at Home

Using less water is easy – and essential. Here are just a few of the many ways you and other family members can reduce your consumption at home. For comprehensive information about the drought and water conservation, visit www.irwd.com.

Waiting for hot water from the tap or shower? In the meantime, capture cold water with a bucket and use it to water plants or rinse dirty dishes. You can save up to 300 gallons a month.

  • Check toilets for leaks. Drop food coloring or a dye tablet into the tank; if color appears in the bowl, it’s a tell-tale sign of a leak.
  • Save up to three gallons of water daily by turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
  • When shaving, clean your razor with quick blasts of water or by swishing it under shallow water in the sink. You can save up to three gallons a day with this method.
  • Have a swimming pool? Cover it and save an estimated 1,300 gallons a month that otherwise would have been lost to evaporation.
  • Rinse vegetables in a partially filled sink rather than under running water. Savings: 150 to 250 gallons a month.
  • Similarly, defrost food in your microwave or by leaving it in the refrigerator overnight, rather than holding it under running water. You’ll save between 50 and 150 gallons a month.