Water Conservation Tips

Aside from the air we breathe, water is the single most important element in our lives. Here are some tips to help you conserve water and avoid wasting such a precious resource. CSG Network also offers a helpful water usage calculator for those looking to estimate their monthly water usage.

Conserve water in the bathroom:

  • To check your toilets for leaks, put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If the color begins to appear in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
  • Don’t use your toilet as an ashtray or a wastebasket – every time you flush you use three to seven gallons of water.
  • Take shorter showers or take a bath instead. A partially filled tub uses less water than most showers.
  • Turn the water off after you wet your toothbrush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
  • Frequently check faucets and pipes for leaks.  One drop per second is a small enough leak to use 250 gallons of water in one month.
  • Install water saving devices on faucets and shower heads.
  • If your toilet’s flapper valve sticks open, you are wasting water.  An open flapper valve is no different than water running from a sink faucet.  Repair immediately to avoid high water charges.

Conserve water in the kitchen and laundry:

  • Use your automatic dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.
  • If you wash dishes by hand, turn off water before rinsing
  • If you have a double sink, fill one with soapy water and the other with rinse water.
  • If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water.
  • Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water ready in the refrigerator – running tap water to cool water off for drinking is wasteful.

Did You Know?

  • An average shower uses 5 to 15 gallons of water per minute.
  • A toilet uses 3 to 7 gallons of water per flush.
  • An average load of laundry use 25-60 gallons of water.
  • An average bath tub size uses 25-50 gallons per bath.
  • An average apartment unit with two working adults uses between 3,000 – 4,000 gallons of water per month.
  • A toilet leak can use approximately 40,000 gallons in one month.