Conserve Water

Using water wisely will help to reduce your water bill and ensure clean fresh water is abundant for generations to come.

DID YOU KNOW?
…About 75% of water used in the home is used in the bathroom?
  • Bathing: Take a shower instead of a bath to save water. A short shower uses less water than a long one. A low-flow showerhead will save as much as 50% of the amount of water currently used, while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower. Installing a low-flow showerhead is the single most effective conservation step that can be taken inside the home.
  • Toilet: Standard toilets manufactured prior to the 1980s usually require 5-7 gallons per flush. Toilets sold during the ‘80s and early ‘90s use 3.5 gallons per flush. The greatest savings come from replacing your toilet with a 1.6 gallon model. Since 1992 in Texas and 1994 nationally, new toilets must use 1.6 gallons or less per flush. Do not use a brick in your toilet tank. The brick will crumble and can damage the fixture.
  • Lavatory: Change your habits! Don’t let the water run continuously while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands. Additionally, a low-flow faucet aerator can save up to 50% of the water currently used in the lavatory.
…About 8% of water used in the home is used in the kitchen.
  • Sink: Fill the basin or a dish pan to rinse dishes instead of using running water, and when washing fruits and vegetables. Soak pots and pans before washing. Operate the garbage disposal only when necessary.
  • Drinking water: Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Dishwasher: Only wash full loads. When you need to buy a new machine, take a look at the water saving models. Newer models can cut water use by 25% and generally are no more expensive than non-conserving models.
…About 14% of water used in the home is used in the laundry room.
  • Conserve water in the laundry room by only washing full loads.
  • Adjust the water level to match the size of your loads.
…Leaks can account for 10% or more of the water bill, so FIX THOSE LEAKS!
  • Leaks waste both water and energy, increasing your water bill and putting undue stress on the environment.
  • A few drips may not seem like much, but when added up over a period of time, the impact can be fairly substantial. A toilet with a silent leak of one cup of water a minute – a mere dribble – wastes about 2,700 GALLONS OF WATER A MONTH. That’s water AND dollars down the drain!

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