Water Use

The first step to saving water is too make sure your water systems are working correctly. Do your toilets run too long? Are you watering the sidewalk or your landscaping? Check systems periodically and fix them promptly when problems develop. Run washing machines and dishwashers when the loads are full. A dishwasher can use less water than washing dishes by hand. If you need to wash your dishes thoroughly by hand before you put them in the dishwasher, it’s probably time for a new dishwasher.

Keep some empty containers by your bathroom and kitchen sinks. When you are running the water to get it hot, capture the water in a container and use it later, instead of just letting it run down the drain. Of course you know to not run the water continuously when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. It can feel really good to take a long shower, but you can save water by taking shorter ones. Average indoor water use is 60 gallons per day per person. Can you get your usage down to less than 50 gallons per day?

Did you know that eating a big portabella mushroom or veggie burger instead of a single hamburger at home could reduce water use on a farm by as much water as you use at home for over four days?


  • Fix toilets that don’t shut off the water when they should
  • Repair dripping faucets
  • Install low flow showerheads and toilets
  • Run only full dishwashers and washing machines
  • When you need to run water to get it hot, catch the water in a pot or bucket and use it
  • Resources:
    Water and Energy Efficiency at Utilities and in the Home
    Recycling indoor water in the garden
    Indoor water use at home

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