These tips may seem obvious - but if we all work together, we can conserve significant water for future needs! The largest indoor water use in most homes is toilet flushing, showers and baths consume the next largest volume of water, and household laundry is the third largest consumer in most homes. To conserve water indoors the following tips are suggested:
o Fix leaky faucets and toilets. Check your toilet for leaks place a couple of drops of food coloring in the tank. After a few minutes, if you see color in the bowl then you have a leak, possibly caused by a faulty stopper.
o Fill a small plastic bottle (for example, a one-liter soda container) with water and put it in the corner of the toilet tank to displace water so that less water is used with each flush. Do not use a brick that might disintegrate and cause problems. This time may not work with some low-flow toilets.
o Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. A faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second can expect to waste 2,700 gallons of water per year, adding to the cost of your water bill. Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
o Use the trash can to dispose of trash instead of the toilet.
o Operate washing machines and dishwashers only when full.
o Shorten the length of your showers. A five minute shower can use between 15 to 40 gallons of water. A full bath can use even more water. In the shower, consider turning off the water after getting wet; turning on after lathering up; and back off again after rinsing. Repeat when rinsing your hair.
o Turn off the faucet when you are not using the water. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth, washing and shaving. Try brushing your teeth first while waiting for the water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
o When cooking most foods, use less water and put a lid on the pot. Plug the drain or use a pan of water when washing vegetables or dishes by hand. Wash dishes in a basin of soapy water, then quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
o Do not use running water to thaw frozen foods or for drinking water. Instead, defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or before preparation in the microwave.
o Do not rinse dishes before washing. Just remove large particles of food into the trash then put the dishes in the dishwasher.
o Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Compost the food waste instead, or simply dispose of food in the garbage.
o Reuse clean household water. Collect water wasted while waiting for hot water to reach the faucet or shower head. Use this water for your household plants or outdoor planters. Do the same with water that is used to boil eggs or steam vegetables.
o Instead of running the faucet to get cold water, fill a pitcher with water and place it in the refrigerator.
o Insulate water pipes; you’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
Please keep in mind that water is a scarce resource, and we're trying to conserve it! In times of water shortages, all users must do what they can to SAVE WATER!