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  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.


  • Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.


  • When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient.


  • Look for products bearing the EPA WaterSense Label for items that been certified to save 20% or more without sacrificing performance.


  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.




  • 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.


  • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.


  • When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink basin or a large container and rinse when all of the dishes have been soaped and scrubbed.



  • Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.


  • Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later to see if you have a leak.


  • Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.




  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.


  • When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.


  • Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.




  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.


  • When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.


  • To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.


  • If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a water-efficient model.


  • When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.


  • Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.


  • To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.




  • When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.


  • If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by inserting a displacement device in the tank.


  • If your toilet flapper doesn't close after flushing, replace it.





  • Collect water from your roof to water your garden.


  • Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.


  • Direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward water-loving plants in the landscape for automatic water savings.


  • Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.


  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.



  • Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape.


  • Report broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water provider.


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