There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
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.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
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.
If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.
When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
Play fun games while learning how to save water!
Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.
Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.
Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.
When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.