Residents can save hundreds of gallons of water every week by following these water-saving tips.
DO take shorter showers & save 3-5 gallons every minute.
DO fill the tub halfway & save 10-15 gallons.
DO install water-saving toilets, shower heads & faucet aerators. Place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank if you can't switch to a low flow toilet.
DON'T run the water while shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Faucets use 2-3 gallons/minute.
DON'T use the toilet as a wastebasket & DON'T flush it unnecessarily.
DO check your water meter or bill to see how much water you are using. A good rule of thumb is 50-60 gallons/day/person.
DO repair leaky faucets & turn taps off tightly. Slow drips waste 10-15 gallons/day.
Kitchen & Laundry:
DO run the dishwasher & washing machine only when full. Save even more water by using the short cycle.
DO install front-loading washing machines, which reduce water usage by about 40%.
DON'T let the water run while washing dishes.
DO use a self-closing nozzle on your hose.
DO position your down spouts so rain water runs onto the lawn or into the garden, not down the driveway.
DO plant drought-resistant trees/flowers and use mulch to keep the soil moist.
DON'T water lawns during the heat of the day.
DON'T use water to clean sidewalks and driveways — sweep them instead.
Clean Water in the Home:
Shop for nonhazardous, biodegradable and phosphorous-free household cleaning products.
If you use water-based paints, rinse paint brushes in the sink. If you use oil-based paints, you can filter and reuse the thinner used to clean brushes. Dispose of thinner through a local household hazardous waste program.
Sweep up dirt and debris and discard on your lawn or in the trash. Hosing off pavement washes pollutants into storm drains, which may lead to local creeks, bays and the ocean.
By leaving grass clippings on your lawn rather than bagging them, you will save time by not having to stop to empty the bag and money since you will not need to purchase bags or as much fertilizer.
Rather than wash your car in your driveway, on the street or in your yard, take it to a local car wash. This not only conserves water but also eliminates the running off of harmful pollutants.
Keep trash cans closed to prevent trash from scattering.
If you use hazardous substances such as paints, solvents and cleaners, use them sparingly, according to the directions. Store properly to avoid spills.
Participate in local recycling programs.
Dispose of unwanted chemicals at a household hazardous waste collection center in your area. Never pour hazardous materials into the street, sewer or the storm drain.
Eliminate or at least reduce the use of soaps and shampoos when using outdoor showers that drain to the street.