Ways to Conserve at Home
Stay at home orders might result in an increase of water use at home. Here are some ways to help conserve.
In the kitchen
- 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.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
- For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
In the bathroom
- When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
- Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.