Salt Lake City

Public Utilities

Customer Service: (801) 483-6900 | Report Emergency: (801) 483-6700

Indoor Water Conservation

You Can Easily Save Water Indoors

Did you know by letting the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes you can waste 3 to 5 gallons a minute?  That adds up to about 20,000 wasted gallons a year at home. Follow these simple steps at home and you can easily save water.

• Only run the dishwasher when it is full
• Set the washing machine for the appropriate load level
• Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands
• Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking so you won’t have to let the faucet run to get cold water
• Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Flush only toilet tissue.

How much water do you use?

Activity Non-Conserving Conserving
Shower (5 minutes) Regular showerhead uses 30 gallons Low-flow showerhead/restrictor 15 gallons and Wet-down, rinse off 4 gallons
Toilet Flushing Conventional toilet 5-7 gallons per flush Ultra-low flush toilet 1.6 gallons
Brushing Teeth Tap running 10 gallons Wet brush, rinse, one half gallon or less
Shaving Tap running 20 gallons Fill basin 1 gallon
Washing Hands Tap running 2 gallons or more Soap and rinse 1 gallon or less
Dishwashing Tap running 30 gallons Wash and rinse in dishpan or sink 5 gallons
Automatic Dishwasher Full cycle 15 gallons Short cycle 11 gallons
Washing Machine Full cycle, top water level 40 gallons New “tumble-action” efficient clothes washer 25 gallons