• When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you and not the drain.

  • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day. This will cut down on the number of times you run your dishwasher

  • Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.

  • Don't use running water to thaw food.

  • Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

  • Cut back on rinsing if your dishwasher is new. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones

  • If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

  • Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary
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  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.

  • When you shop for a new appliance, consider one offering cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy-efficient than older appliances

  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.


  • When you clean your fish tank, use the water you've drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.

  • Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.

  • Make sure there are aerators on all of your faucets.

  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.

  • Drop that tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save gallons every time.

  • Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons or more each month

  • When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs
Water Saving Tips for Your Home
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