2. Check your Toilets for Leaks:
Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
3. Don’t use the Toilet as an Ashtray or Wastebasket:
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
4. Put Plastic Bottles or Float Booster in your Toilet Tank:
To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms or buy an inexpensive float booster. This may save ten or more gallons of water per day.
5. Insulate your Water Pipes:
It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
6. Install Water-saving Shower Heads and Low-flow faucet Aerators:
Inexpensive water-saving shower heads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. Also, all household faucets should be fit with aerators.
7. Take Shorter Showers:
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, and then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
8. Turn off the Water after you wet your Toothbrush:
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
9. Rinse your Razor in the Sink:
Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.
10. Check faucets and Pipes for Leaks:
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
11. Use your Dishwasher and Clothes Washer for only Full Loads:
Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers.
12. Minimize use of Kitchen Sink Garbage Disposal Units:
In-sink garburators’ require lots of water to operate properly, and also add considerably to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to maintenance problems.
13. When Washing Dishes by Hand, don’t leave the Water Running for Rinsing:
If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to prerinse the dishes.
14. Don’t let the Faucet run while you clean Vegetables:
Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
15. Keep a bottle of Drinking water in the Fridge:
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.