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?
|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|