Looking for ways to reduce your water footprint?
Look no further. Here you will find a comprehensive list of water conservation tips you'll be able to incorporate into your daily routine!
Indoor Water Use
Reduce water temperature when washing clothes to save water and energy.
Reduce water used and water wasted by matching the water level to the size of the laundry load.
When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star washing machine models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.
Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. It can save 3 to 5 gallons of water every minute, which can quickly add up to a week's worth of drinking water.
Every minute of shower time uses about 4 gallons of water. Shorten your shower by just 1 minute and you'll save up to 150 gallons of water per month.
Aim for a 5-minute shower, which can save up to 20 gallons of water every time you shower (about 1,000 gallons of water per month). Install a shower timer to make sure you don't go over 5 minutes!
Replace conventional showerheads with a low-flow option, like WaterSense® labeled models. Regular showerheads spray nearly 4 gallons per minute, while low-flow models spray about 2 gallons per minute (this means savings of 750 gallons of water per month).
Prevent and fix faucet and showerhead leaks. 30 drops per minute will waste 54 gallons of water per month.
When taking a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills, rather than letting the water run down the drain while waiting for it to warm up.
Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
Consider a switch to WaterSense® low-flow toilets. Standard toilets can use up to 6 gallons of water per flush, compared to low-flow toilets that use between 1.6 and 3.5 gallons of water. The average person flushes 5 times per day. With a standard toilet, that's about 25 gallons of water per day just from flushing the toilet.
Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons per month.
When taking a shower, turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons of water per month.
When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather. This can save 3-5 gallons of water per minute.
Choose a shower over a bath. A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water vs. a 5-minute shower, which only takes about 16 gallons of water.
Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them down the toilet and save water every time.
Replace conventional bathroom faucets (that use 5 gallons of water per minute) to WaterSense® low-flow faucets (that use just 1.5 gallons per minute).
"If it's yellow, let it mellow." And if this grosses you out, put the toilet lid down.
Use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. Handwashing takes about 20 gallons per load on average. Standard dishwashers use 6 to 8 gallons of water per load. Look for Energy Star dishwashers that use only 4 to 6 gallons of water per load.
Don't let the water run if you decide to wash dishes by hand. Fill a basin with wash water and another with rinse water.
Use one glass or a refillable water bottle for your drinking water each day. This will cut down the number of glasses you have to wash.
Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of under running water from the tap. Use this rinse water to water a house plant.
Don't use running water to thaw food. Think ahead and defrost in the refrigerator instead.
Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it's one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
If you have ice leftover after finishing a drink, put the extra ice in a house plant.
Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month by eliminating half or partially full loads.
Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You'll save up to 1,000 gallons each time.
When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
Replace conventional kitchen faucets (that flow at 5 gallons per minute) with low-flow faucets (that flow at 1.5 gallons per minute) when possible.
Drink tap water instead of bottled water. It takes 1.5 gallons of water to manufacture a single plastic bottle--nearly twice the amount of water actually inside the water bottle.
Recycle paper products. You can save 3.5 gallons of water by recycling 1 pound of paper, the same amount found in a daily newspaper.
Outdoor Water Use
Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by planting native shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your region. Choosing native, low-water-use plants can save up to 550 gallons of water per year.
Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.
Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass provides shade for roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
Leave lawn clippings on your grass to better cool the ground and hold moisture.
Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.
Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
Don’t overwater your plants. Signs of overwatering include leaves turning lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilting
and the growth of algae or fungi.
Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.
Use a broom to clean driveway/sidewalks. If not an option, a hose and a nozzle use 8-12 gallons of water per minute. A pressurized water broom uses about 3 gallons per minute.
Use a rainwater collector (rain barrel) to collect precipitation. You could save (on average) 4 gallons a day and can use that water on your garden or houseplants.
Use a pool cover to keep water from evaporating.
Additional Facts About Water Use
In the U.S., indoor water use comes out to 69 gallons of water per person per day.
In the U.S., total indoor and outdoor water use for a family of four comes out to about 400 gallons per day.
Most indoor water use goes to toilets (27%), washing machines (22%), showers and baths (19%), and sinks (16%).
Leaky faucets and toilets contribute to 14% of indoor water use – that’s about 10 gallons of water per person per day going to waste.
It takes 75,000 gallons of water to produce 1 ton of steel. The average car contains about 2,150 pounds of steel, which means over 80,000 gallons of water is needed to produce steel for only 1 car.
It takes about 2.5 gallons of water to refine one gallon of gasoline. This means that on average, one tank of gas will take about 37-50 gallons of water to produce.
It takes 24 gallons of water to make 1 pound of plastic.
1 pound of cotton takes 1,320 gallons of water to produce. Which means a single T-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to make.