Additional Water Saving Tips

  • Change your old toilet with a new water-efficient model. Since 1994, that’s the only kind you can buy in California.
  • Select a high-efficiency clothes washer when replacing your old machine.
  • Check to see if your toilets are leaking. Put some food coloring in the tank and see if it enters the bowl without flushing. If it does, try replacing the flapper.
  • Install a new water-efficient showerhead. It saves on hot water energy costs and stretches the availability of hot water for others.
  • Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints inside and outside of your home.
  • Use a bucket while washing your car then give it a rinse with a hose fitted with a spray nozzle. Try washing your car on the front lawn.
  • If your automatic water softener recharges using a time clock, be sure it isn’t recharging too frequently and remember to turn it off when you go away for a few days.
  • Consider installing a point-of-use hot water dispenser. It uses less energy and water and there’s less waiting for hot water to arrive.
  • When taking your car to a car wash, be sure it’s one that recycles its wash water.
  • At a restaurant, turn your water glass upside down if you don’t want water. This saves the water you don’t drink and the water used to wash the glass.
  • Look at how water is used at your work and consider suggesting some of these same ideas to management. They’ll save water and sewer charges and improve their bottomline.