What you can do to get started….

1. To discover whether your system has leaks, check your water meter while no water is being used. Your water meter can usually be found in a covered concrete or plastic box in front of your residence near the curb. If the dial moves, you have a leak. At the water pressure found in most household plumbing systems, the leak from a 1/32″ opening in a faucet or pipe can waste up to 6,000 gallons of water per month. A steady drip wastes 20 gallons per day.

2. Install low-flow faucet aerators on all of your faucets. Your water now will seem stronger, but you’ll actually be saving water while reducing flow as much as 50%.


3. Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the toilet tank. If color appears in the bowl, without flushing, there is a leak that requires immediate attention. A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water a day without making a sound.

4. Flush only when necessary. Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket, each flush uses about 6 gallons of water. If remodeling or building, buy water-saver toilets, the best of which use only 1 1/2 gallons of water per flush.

5. Place one or two half-gallon plastic bottles in your toilet tank to reduce water used for each flush.

In the Bathroom…

6. Think before you bathe. A shower or a bath? Only the shortest shower saves more water than a partially-filled tub. A full tub, however, can use 30-50 gallons of water – more than a short shower. Consider bathing small children together.

7. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. They are inexpensive and reduce flow by at least 25%. Shower heads with an on-off valve are also available, allowing the water flow to be stopped and restarted without having to readjust the temperature.

8. Don’t let the water run in the sink while shaving, brushing your teeth, or lathering your face and hands.

In the Kitchen and Laundry