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Easy Ways to Conserve Water
There are many effective ways to conserve water in and around your home. Look through this list for ways that will work for you

In the Kitchen
  1. If you wash dishes by hand—and that's the best way—don't leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you only have one sink, use a spray device or short blasts instead of letting the water run. Saves 200 to 500 gallons a month.
  2. When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month.
  3. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking. Saves 200 to 300 gallons a month.
  4. Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month.
  5. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan. Saves 150 to 250 gallons a month. 6. Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage more (even better—compost!). Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month.

 

In the Bathroom

  1. Ditch the baths. Just by switching to showers, you'll save gallons of water and money.
  2. Stick to five-minute showers. Long, steamy half hour showers are lovely, but they waste a lot of water.
  3. Don't run the tap. A running tap can waste up to 6 litres of water a minute. Turn the faucet off when you're brushing your teeth, shaving or lathering your face or hands. If you need to rinse, consider partially filling the sink basin with rinse water, rather than letting the tap run.
  4. Fix drips as soon as you notice them. The amount of water wasted may not seem like much, but it adds up over time.
  5. Invest in a water saving toilet, a low flush toilet, or a water-less toilet (composting toilet).
  6. Check for toilet leaks by adding a food colouring to the tank.
  7. Install low-flow taps and a water-saving shower-head.
  8. Avoid flushing the toilet too often (if you can stand it). Follow the "let it mellow" rule of thumb.

 

Outside
  1. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slows down evaporation. Saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
  2. If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation. It will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals. Saves 1,000 gallons a month.
  3. Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Saves 300 gallons.
  4. Cut down watering on cool and overcast days and don't water in the rain. Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers. Can save up to 300 gallons each time.
  5. Drive your car onto a lawn to wash it. Rinse water can help water the grass.
  6. Tell your children not to play with the garden hose. Saves 10 gallons a minute.
  7. Xeriscape—replace your lawn and high-water-using trees and plants with less thirsty ones. But do this only in wet years. Even drought resistant plantings take extra water to get them going. That'll save 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
  8. When taking your car to a car wash—a good idea for saving water—be sure it's one of the many that recycles its wash water.
  9. Dispose of hazardous materials properly! One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply.
Don’t let it run.

We have all developed the bad habit of letting the faucet run while wait for the shower to warm up, while we brush our teeth, or while wait for a cold glass of water. Keeping a pitcher of water in the refrigerator or turning the faucet off while we brush our teeth can save several gallons of water each day! It’s simple really, before you turn on the tap, think of ways you can use less water to accomplish the same purpose..

Fix the drip.

There is no such thing as a little drip. A leaky faucet with a drip of just 1/16 of an inch in diameter (about this big –o–) can waste 10 gallons of water every day.

You can turn off that drip by replacing worn washers or valve seats with the help of your parents.

The silent leak. Even worse than the careless hand on the faucet is the silent toilet bowl leak, probably the single greatest water waster in homes. A leak of one gallon every 24 minutes—an average amount—totals 2.5 gallons per hour or 60 gallons per day! To check your toilet for a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait. If the color appears in the bowl, then there’s a leak.

Often these leaks can be fixed with a few minor adjustments, cleaning calcium deposits from the toilet ball in the tank, or by replacing worn valves.