Everybody Can Help!
By reducing the use of water today, we will conserve this critical resource for future generations and contribute to the health of aquatic ecosystems. Efficient water use benefits the environment, public health and the economy by limiting pollutants, supporting a thriving environment, and protecting sources of clean drinking water.
Recommendations for Conserving Water in Your Home
- Wash fewer loads of dirty clothes by waiting until you have a full load.
- Do not leave water running while you shave or brush your teeth.
- Take quick showers and turn off the water faucet as you soap up or wash your hair.
- If you must take a tub bath, close the drain before turning on the faucet and only fill the tub halfway. Bathe small children together.
- Do not use water to defrost frozen foods. Leave them in the refrigerator overnight.
- Consider buying high-efficiency toilets or place a water-filled plastic container inside the water tank of a conventional toilet. Be sure not to interfere with the operation of the toilet's water flush system.
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early in the morning is best).
- Eliminate or cut down on the use of fertilizer, since it encourages new growth, which in turn requires more watering.
- Sweep the driveway, sidewalk and stairs instead of washing them down with the hose.
- Wash cars with a bucket of water or consider using a commercial carwash that recycles water.