Avoid sending water down the drain if it can be
used for cleaning or watering.
Check your home for leaks. A lot of homes have
hidden leaks, which can waste a lot of water. You
can check for leaks by checking your water meter for
change during a period of time when youíre not using
Repair dripping faucets. If you have a water
faucet that is dripping a single drop per second,
youíre looking at 2,700 gallons of water waste per
Check for toilet leaks. You can add food coloring to your toilet tank, and after 30 minutes,
if color appears then you have a leak. Youíll want
to check your toilet for corroded or worn parts.
Fortunately, toilet parts are cheap. The toilet tank
is the part of the toilet that fills with water
after you flush it.
Donít flush the toilet if you donít need to. If
possible, dispose of small tissues, insects and
other waste using the garbage.
Take shorter showers. You can also replace your
showerhead using an ultra-low flow head.
Use minimal water during a bath. Make sure to
close the drain before you start running water, and
fill the tub to only 1/3 full.
Donít allow water to run while washing or
shaving your face.
Replace wasteful faucets or retrofit them with
flow restrictors or aerators.
Only operate clothing and dish washers when
theyíre totally full. Also make sure to set the
water level according to the size of the load.
To wash dishes by hand, fill one sink with
water. Use a very small stream from the faucet to
rinse the dishes after each one is washed.
Instead of letting the tap water run whenever
you want a glass of water to drink, store the
drinking water in the refrigerator.
Donít thaw frozen foods or meat with running
water. Instead, defrost food inside of the
refrigerator overnight or use a microwave.
Use a compost pile instead of a garbage
disposal. As an alternative to running the garbage
disposal, you can get rid of food waste using a
compost pile. Garbage disposals are known to
contribute nearly half of the solids volume inside
of a septic tank.
Install an instant water heater on your kitchen
sink, so you wonít have to let the water run while
it heats. By doing this, you will also reduce the
amount of money you pay for heating.
Insulate water pipes. Insulated pipes let you
get hot water faster and help you to avoid wasting
water while it heats up.
Donít install a water to air AC or heat pump.
The air to air models work just as well and donít
Only install water softening systems if you
actually need them. Save additional water by running
the smallest number of regenerations needed to
maintain softness. Also, be sure to turn off
softeners while gone on vacation.
Inspect your well pump. If the pump turns on
and off while water is not being used, then you
probably have a leak, which wastes water.
Adjust water temperatures. See if turning water
flow down instead of up works better to adjust water
temperatures. It might not be the best idea to
increase water flow to balance the water
Replace the toilet handle. If you toilet handle
sticks in the flush position, it needs to be
replaced as it will run constantly and waste water.
Donít excessively water your lawn. Most lawns
only need to be watered once a week during the
summer and once every two weeks during winter. A
strong downpour can eliminate the need to water your
lawn for up to two weeks.
Water your lawn early in the morning, which is
when wind speed and temperatures are lowest, which
reduces water loss from evaporation.
Avoid watering sidewalks, driveways and streets
with sprinklers. You should make sure to position
sprinklers so they water only your lawn and garden.
Install or replace old sprinklers with water
efficient models. Drip and micro irrigation hoses
are great water efficient irrigation tools.
Check sprinkler timing devices regularly to
make sure theyíre operating correctly. In some
places, there is actually a law that forces you to
buy a rain sensor with an automatic irrigation
system, which prevents water wastage.
Raise your lawn mower blade by three inches. By
cutting your grass higher, it encourages deeper root
growth while holding in more soil moisture and
shading the root system.
Try not to fertilize your lawn. By applying
fertilizers, youíre increasing the lawnís need for
water. If possible, apply only fertilizers that have
water-insoluble or slow-release types of nitrogen.
Make sure to mulch because it helps soil retain
moisture. You can also fight weeds with mulching.
You can plant drought-tolerant and native
grasses. Once theyíve been established, these
varieties donít need to be watered nearly as often
and can survive dry periods.
Never use your hose to clean your sidewalk or
driveway. You can use a broom to clean debris from
these surfaces. You can waste hundreds of gallons of
water when you clean your driveway with water.
Attach a shut-off nozzle to your hose. The
nozzle should allow you to adjust the spray, and it
should let you turn off the water at the faucet
instead of the nozzle, which prevents leaks.
Add hose washers between water hoses and
spigots to eliminate water leaks.
Never leave hoses or sprinklers unattended. A
typical garden hose can release 600 gallons of water
within a few hours, so if a sprinkler is left
unattended, it can waste an enormous amount of
Check spigots, connectors and hoses regularly
because they can develop leaks over time.