How it was Built

Over 175 Tips for Saving Water!!

In the Bathroom

  1. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  2. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  3. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  4. Close the drain on the bath tub before turning on the water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.
  5. Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face.
  6. If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
  7. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
  8. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  9. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  10. Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
  11. Bathe your young children together.
  12. Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
  13. If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device in the tank.
  14. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  15. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
  16. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  17. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  18. When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.
  19. Place a bucket in the sink to catch excess water when washing dishes or vegetables and use this to water plants.
  20. In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn back on to rinse off. Repeat when washing your hair.
  21. Install a toilet dam or displacement device such as a bag or bottle to cut down on the amount of water needed for each flush. Be sure installation does not interfere with the operating parts.

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