Household Measures

  • Check your water meter to see if there are any leaks. If it’s spinning and there’s no water being used, there is probably an undetected leak somewhere.
  • The next time a plumber visits have them check your household water pressure. If it is over 80 psi, have a pressure regulator installed outside.
  • While waiting for the shower to warm up, catch the cold water in a container to use on outside plants.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or while shaving.
  • When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water.
  • If you only have one sink, use a spray device or short blasts instead of letting the water run.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid running the faucet to cool the water.
  • Defrost frozen foods without running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
  • Clean vegetables by rinsing them in a filled sink or pan.
  • Use the garbage disposal less and garbage can more.
  • Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. If you only have a few dishes, it’s better to wash them in the sink.