Saving Water! Tips and examples on how to save.

Toilets: Check toilets for leaks and replace old flappers as needed. A leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons per day.

Hand Washing Dishes: It is generally more waterefficient to use a dishwasher than to hand wash.

Bucket in the Shower: Many homeowners usea bucket in the shower to catch water. This can be used to water plants or flush the toilet.

Clothes Washer and Dishwasher: Run clothes washers and dishwashers with full loads only.

Replacing Old Toilets: If your toilets were installed prior to 1994, consider replacing them. Older toilets use more than 3.5 gallons per flush. New toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush and perform better than ever.

Showerheads: Reducing shower time can save more than two gallons per minute. If your showerheads are older high-volume models, consider replacing them with new high-efficiency showerheads. Look for one that has a flow rate of less than 1.8 gallons per minute.

Shaving and Brushing Teeth: Turn off the faucet when shaving or brushing your teeth.

Garbage Disposal: Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, you can compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

Avoid Rinsing Dishes: Instead of rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, scrape food scraps into a compost bin. Modern dishwashers are pretty good at cleaning stuck on food.