Right now, a big part of the country is experiencing drought like conditions. Many utilities are dealing with a drastic increase in demand and many have asked homeowners to try and conserve water. If homeowners cooperate, everyone will have the water supply they need. If homeowners do not, utilities will start mandating when you can water your lawn, gardens, etc. If you don’t play by the rules you will face stiff fines. Here are some ways to cut down on the amount of water you and your family use.

  • Fix leaks.
  • Install water-efficient shower heads.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Water early in the morning or late at night.
  • Avoid watering sidewalks and streets.
  • When remodeling a bathroom, install a new low-volume flush toilet that uses only 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • Do not use hot water when cold will do. Water and energy can be saved by washing hands with soap and cold water. Hot water should be added only when hands are especially dirty.
  • Test toilets for leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water in the tank, but do not flush the toilet. Watch to see if the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes. If it does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.
  • When brushing teeth, turn the water off until it is time to rinse.
Remember, every drop can make a difference. Think about that next time you are in the bathroom, or watering your lawn. Hopefully soon, we’ll get the much needed rain we need!