Get right to the details of how you can employ efficiency and conservation measures to start saving water immediately. It can be as easy as turning down the flow on your kitchen sink.
Fix That Leak!
Leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. If you are unsure whether you have a leak, read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak. If you have a well at home, check your pump periodically. If the pump turns on and off while the water is not in use, you have a leak.
Savings: 8 – 200 gallons per day
Just Add Air
You can double the efficiency of a kitchen faucet made before 1994 by installing a low-flow aerator. This quick, cost-efficient project, along with a change in habits, can save hundreds of gallons a year.
Savings: 100s of gallons a year
Bathing for Dollars
A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. If you take a bath, stopper the drain immediately and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.
Savings: 45 – 60 gallons per shower (per person)
A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water. Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. “Low-flow” means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Savings: 10 – 30 gallons per shower (per person)
The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month!
Savings: 8 gallons per day (per person)
The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Rinse your razor in the sink filled with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.
Savings: 5 gallons per shave (per person)