Did you know the average person uses 50 gallons of water a day? If you obtain water from a public water supply, your water bill lets you know that each drop wasted costs you money.
What You Can Do Indoors to Save Water
- Fix dripping and leaking faucets and toilets.
A faucet leaking 30 drops per minute wastes 54 gallons a month
- Install water-saving plumbing fixtures.
A low-flow shower head saves up to 7.5 gallons a minute.
- Don’t run the tap to make water cold or hot.
Instead, keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
- Turn off the faucet while shaving, washing, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.
The average person uses 10.9 gallons of water from the faucet a day.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry.
The average dishwasher uses 8-12 gallons whether or not it’s a full load.
- Take shorter showers or fill the bathtub only part way.
The average person uses 15 gallons a day in bathing and hygiene.
What You Can Do Outdoors to Save Water
- Raise your lawn mower cutting height to 3.5 to 4 inches
Longer grass needs less water.
- Use a pool cover.
It will reduce water loss from evaporation.
- Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to save soil moisture.
Apply organic mulches 4 inches deep to keep plant roots cool, prevent soil crusting, minimize evaporation, and reduce weed growth.
- Wash cars less frequently.
If your car desperately needs a bath, take it to a car wash that recycles water.
- Sweep sidewalks and steps rather than hosing them.
Eliminating a weekly 5-minute pavement hose-down could save between 625 and 2500 gallons of water per year depending on the flow rate.
- When using in ground sprinkler system upgrade to “smart” wi-fi technology which adjusts watering based on local weather conditions. Reduce water waste by making sure your sprinkler heads are not watering pavement.