Bathroom - where over half of all water use inside a house takes place:
Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
Take short showers instead of tub baths; turn off the water while soaping or shampooing.
If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.
Never use your toilet as a waste basket.
Kitchen & Laundry - simple practices that save lots of water:
Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin; use a vegetable brush.
Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal. Start composting! Go to www.recycleworks.org and click on "In the Garden" to learn more about composting.
Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
Click here to take a virtual tour of how to save water in and around the home: www.h2ouse.org
Equipment - homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30% of indoor water use and yield savings on water, sewer and energy bills:
Replace existing toilets with high-efficiency and dual flush toilets and/or install water displacement devices. Click on the following link for more information on rebates..
Install low-flow kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators and showerheads which are available for free at the City Hall Public Works counter. Bring in your old showerhead and receive a low flow one in exchange.
Purchase a high efficiency clothes washer which can save over 50% in laundry water and energy use; click on the following link for more information on rebates: www.waterenergysavings.com or .
Repair all leaks! A leaking toilet can waste up to 300 gallons of water each day. Free toilet leak detection tablets are available at the City Hall Public Works counter. A dripping faucet or showerhead can waste up to 1,000 gallons per week. Also, pick-up a free Practical Plumbing Handbook to learn how to fix those leaks!
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