Salt Lake City

Public Utilities

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Seven Gallon Challenge

Did you know by letting the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes you can waste 2 to 4 gallons a minute?  That adds up to thousands of gallons a year wasted.  Follow these simple steps at home and you can easily save water:

  • Repair leaking pipes and faucets
  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s full
  • Set the washing machine for the appropriate load level or only use it full
  • Don’t run 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

For example, if you brush your teeth twice a day, for three minutes and leave the water running, you use 6 to 9 gallons of water. If you turn off the tap while you brush, you use less than a gallon. You can save 8 gallons. Challenge met!