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  • Hand washing dishes can use up to 27 gallons per load, while automatic dishwashers use only 4 to 10 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded. So use your dishwasher and be sure to load it to capacity. 

  • Turn water off while shaving and/or brushing your teeth.

  • Check every faucet in your home for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day. Fix it and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.

  • Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank, watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks. Fix it and you can save more than 30,000 gallons a year.

  • Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks. Simply turn off all taps and water using appliances. Then check the meter after 15 minutes; if it moved, you have a leak.

  • Replace older fixtures with water-saving devices.

  • When washing your car, use a bucket for washing and turn on the hose only for rinsing.

  • Take showers instead of baths.

  • Limit lawn watering water your lawn only when necessary, and water before 10:00 a.m.

  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to hold water for your plants.

  • If you have a swimming pool, fill it during the night when demands on power and water production systems are less.


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