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Indoor Water Tips

Read these tips to discover how your water use practices measure up.

I have listened for leaks in my home.
A leak in your toilet may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day. Keep an ear out for a drip, drip, drip and then tell your parents if you hear it. To check for a leak, they can put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired to conserve water.
I never use my toilet as a wastebasket.
Every time you flush facial tissue or other small bits of trash down the toilet you waste 1.5 to 7 gallons of water, depending on the size of your toilet.
I take shorter showers.
Long, hot showers waste 5 to 10 gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash and rinse, and save on your hot water heating cost too.
I have asked my parents to install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
Two and one-half gallons per minute is enough for a refreshing shower. Your local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive water-efficient shower heads that adults can install easily.
I turn off the water after wetting my toothbrush.
After you have wet your toothbrush and filled a glass for rinsing your mouth, turn off the tap water.
I use my dishwasher for full loads only.
Dishwashers use about 25 gallons of water for each load.
If I wash dishes by hand, I don't leave the water running for rinsing.
If you have a double sink, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather all the washed dishes in the dish rack then rinse them in a sink of clean water or with an inexpensive spray device.
I keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator.
This ends the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it off for drinking.
I use my washing machine for full loads only and select the correct water level setting or both.
Your washing machine uses 30 to 35 gallons of water in a full load cycle. That's a lot of water for three T-shirts.


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