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Indoor Water Saving Tips
  • Check for leaky faucets and repair immediately
  • Defrost food without running water
    • Defrost frozen items in refrigerator overnight or
    • Defrost them in the microwave
  • Don’t let the water run when washing the dishes; fill one sink to wash, the other to rinse
  • Don’t let the water run while washing your hands
  • Instead of running the water from the tap to wash produce, partially fill the sink or a pan with water
  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don’t have to run as much water to get hot water, conserving both water and gas/electric
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on; adjust temperature as the tub fills
  • Replace old water fixtures with the newer low flow fixtures
  • Replace older high water use toilets with high efficiency toilets (HET)
  • Replace your inefficient showerheads with a water efficient showerhead
  • Select high efficiency clothes washers (HECW) when replacing older models
  • Take shorter showers
  • Test your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food color in the tank
    • Wait a few minutes and check bowl
    • If colored water appears in the bowl, you have a leak
    • *Note: food color may stain
  • Turn off water while you shave
  • Use the garbage disposal less; start a compost pile or place in the garbage can
  • Wash full loads of clothes or dishes
  • When staying in a hotel, reuse towels and bedding
  • When you clean your fish tank; use the water for your plants