1. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth (it saves 5 gallons of water per brushing), when you wash your hands (and count to 15), or when scrubbing pots & pans in the sink. Teach your children to do the same.
2. Keep a bucket in your bathroom and as your shower water warms up fill the bucket and use it later to water plants, mop the floor, or help wash your car bike, patio etc.
3. Keep a container ( I use a milk jug) under your sink and fill it with the water left from boiling pasta and eggs, then water your plants with it. (You can also add your leftover coffee to this giving your plants a great boost of nutrients which encourages blooming.)
4. Buy or make a rain catcher to collect rainwater to use for watering plants, washing your car, bike, boat, house exterior, etc.
5. Put a half gallon container, or a brick in your toilet tank to cut down on water stored in your tank.
6. Replace your toilets and shower heads with low flow when they need replacing.
7. Plant drought resistant plants and indigenous plants so they require less watering during the spring & summer.
8. Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes. It is also better to use your washing machine & dishwasher rather than washing by hand. It uses much less water.
9. Fix leaks. The average home loses 9.5 gallons of water per day from leaks, most of which are from toilet tanks. Did you know that a leaking faucet leaks about 10 gallons of water per day! (Check for leaks by turning off all of your faucets, and appliances. If your water meter continues to run you have a leak. Add food coloring to your toilet, if it appears in the toilet bowl you have a leak.).
There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you
#2 When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
#3 Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
#4 If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
#5 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
#6 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
#7 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
#8 Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
#9 Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
#10 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
#11 Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
#12 Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
#13 Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
#14 Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
#15 If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
#16 Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
#17 When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.