Bathroom
Take shorter showers to reduce water use and save 5 to 7 gallons a minute.
This will lower your water and heating bills too.

Do fill the tub halfway and save 10 to 15 gallons.

Do install water-saving toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators. They don't cost much, and the
water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment. Place a plastic bottle filled with
water in your toilet tank if you cant switch to a low-flow toilet

Don't run the water while shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Faucets use
2 to 3 gallons a minute.

Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket, and don't flush it unnecessarily.

Everywhere
Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve
heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.

Do repair leaky faucets and turn taps off tightly. A slow drip wastes 15 to 20 gallons each day.

Don't open fire hydrants.

Kitchen & Laundry
Do run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full. Save even more by using the short cycle.

Don't let the water run while washing dishes. Kitchen faucets use 2 to 3 gallons a minute. Filling
a basin only takes 10 gallons to wash and rinse.

Don't run water to make it cold. Have it chilled in the refrigerator, ready to drink.

Outdoors
Do use a self-closing nozzle on your hose.

Don't water your sidewalk or driveway -- instead, sweep them clean.

Don't overwater your lawn or plants. Water before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Leaks and their Costs

Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering.
Find out which occur naturally in your area.
Check your home or apartment for leaky faucets. You could be throwing money away.
Help your landlord conserve water if you find a leaky faucet.

On average a slow steady drip from a faucet wastes 180 gallons of water and can cost you
up to $593.75 per year while a constantly running toilet wastes 6000 gallons of water and
can cost you up to $19,791.69 per year.

If you have a leak and inform your super or landlord about it and nothing is done you can contact
your local housing department.

Have your local water supply agency install an automatic meter reader (AMR). It can accurately provide a water usage reading to your water supply company and eliminates the need for estimated billing. This new technology will help reduce water consumption by providing daily consumption data to you and your local water supply agency.

 

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