Cooking, cleaning, bathing, flushing………We all use water in the home every single day. Being conscious of your water use, changing habits that waste water, repairing leaks and replacing water guzzling fixtures can add up to big water savings over time.
- Repair leaky toilets. One leaky toilet can use up to 78,000 gallons in one year, which all shows up on your bill. Leaks can be silent. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and if the color shows in the bowl after a few minutes, you have a leak. You can also contact our office for leak detection dye tablets.
- Replace old toilets with water conserving 1.6 gallon flush models. The original low flow toilets were known not to work well. Newer models have been re-engineered to function well with 1.6 gallons per flush. Replacing a traditional toilet that uses 3.5 to 6 gallons per flush with one that uses 1.6 gallons or less translates into saving about 16,000 gallons per year for a family of four.
- When replacing water using appliances, look for the WaterSense label.
- Use the disposal less and the garbage more. Running the disposal chews through a significant amount of water. Use the trash or compost food waste instead.
- Get the most for your water money by running dishwashers with full loads.
- Adjust your washing machine water level to match the load size in order to minimize waste.