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How to Save Water in the Bathroom
- Do not let the faucet flow while brushing your teeth or shaving. Use a glass of water for rinsing teeth.
- If your shower has a single-handle control or shut-off valve, turn off the flow while soaping or shampooing.
- Install low-flow aerators and shower heads. They are inexpensive, easy to install and save water and energy.
- Leaking diverter valves (valves which divert water from the tub spout to the shower head) should be replaced.
- Place a weighted plastic one-half gallon jug or a toilet dam in the tanks of conventional toilets to displace and save water with each flush.
- Take showers instead of tub baths. Consider bathing small children together.
- When constructing a new home or remodeling your bathroom, install low-consumption (1.6 gal/flush) toilets.
How to Save Water in the Kitchen & Laundry Room
- Do not pre-rinse dishes prior to loading in a dishwasher. Pre-rinsing is an unnecessary and wasteful use of water.
- Operate the washing machine and dishwasher only when they are fully loaded.
- Refrigerate a pitcher of drinking water instead of letting a faucet flow until the water is cold enough to drink.
- Use a dishpan or plug the sink for washing and rinsing dishes. Install low-flow aerators on all faucets.
- Use the proper water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- When purchasing a washing machine or dishwasher, consider water consumption as well as energy efficiency. Most manufacturers now provide this information to consumers.