Water Conservation Tips for Residents
It has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant.
In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.
Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by community wide household water conservation.
For Every Room in the House With Plumbing
- Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, toilets and couplings.
- Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwahers and laundry machines).
- Turn off faucets tightly after each use.
- Find and fix any leaky faucets
In the Kitchen
- Do not throw hugas-bigas (rice wash) down the drain. Use it for watering plants.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
- When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
In the Bathroom
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.
- Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Check toilets to verify they are working properly.
- Run full loads of laundry.
- When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size
- Water During the early parts of the day; Avoid watering when it’s windy.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Check water bills for any instances of high water use, as this may be an indication of leak.