50 Ways to Conserve Water
- 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.
- Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.
- Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways.
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time.
- Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.
- Check your water meter and bill to track your water usage.
- Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
- Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
- Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.
- If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, then replace it with a water-efficient showerhead.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.
- Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce run-off and allow for better absorption every time you water.
- We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and houses for leaks.
- Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1000 gallons a month.
- Install low-volume toilets.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
- 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.
- Use the sprinkler for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. It’s easy to fix, and you can save more than 600 gallons a month.
- Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful run-off.
- Direct downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect and use for your garden.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day. This will cut down on the number of times you run your dishwasher.
- Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.
- Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food.
- Choose a water-efficient drip irrigation system for trees, shrubs, and flowers. Watering at the roots is very effective, be careful not to over water.
- Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and can save 140 gallons a week.
- Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs, and ground cover with rock and granite mulching.
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
- Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.
- Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the heads in good shape.
- Before you lather up, install a low-flow showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save your family more than 500 gallons a week.
- Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Don’t water your lawn on windy days. After all, sidewalks and driveways don’t need water.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
- Make sure you know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save gallons of water and damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.
- When watering grass on steep slopes, use a soaker hose to prevent wasteful runoff.
- Group plants with the same watering needs together to get the most out of your watering time.
- Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
- While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
- Avoid installing ornamental water features and fountains that spray water into the air. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
- Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 50 gallons a week.