Bathroom use accounts for about 75 percent of the water used inside the home.
* Check regularly for any leaks in your toilet, faucets and water hose bibs and fix them. Water saved: up to 200 gallons per day.
* Install a low-flow showerhead. Water saved: about 2 gallons per minute.
* Replace older, larger-use toilets with the newer higher efficiency toilets. Water saved: .5to 5 gallons per flush.
* Take short showers and save the baths for special occasions. Water saved: 2 to 5 gallons
About 8 percent of in-home water use takes place in the kitchen.
* Don't rinse dishes before loading dishwasher. Water saved: 20 gallons per load.
* Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. An efficient dishwasher usually uses much less water than washingdishes by hand.
* Install a low-flow faucet aerator, which can cut water use in half. Water saved: 1 to 2 gallons per minute.
* When buying a new dishwasher, consider purchasing a water-saving model. (New models use up to 25 percent less water than older ones.) Water saved: 3 gallons per load.
Around the house
* Wash only full loads in the clothes washer. Washing small loads uses overtwice as much water per pound of laundry.
* When buying a new clothes washer, consider purchasing a water-saving model. Water saved: up to 40 gallons per load.
* Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays (and wasted water) while waiting for the water to "run hot." When building a new home, keep the distance short between the hot water heater and showers and otherplaces that hot water is used.
Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. This stretches our supplies farther, and protects places like Mono Lake. For example, the city of Los Angeles has grown by 1 million people since the 1970s, but still uses the same amount of water. Using less water also puts less pressure on oursewage treatment facilities, and uses less energy for water heating.
THE WATER AND ENERGY CONNECTION
Saving water also saves energy. 6.5% of the energy used in the state of California is for pumping and treating water--in fact, pumping water south (and uphill) in the State Water Project accounts for 2-3% of all the electricity used in the state. And for your personal energy bill, using less hotwater saves on water heating. On the flip side, saving energy and using alternative energy saves water--electricity production from fossil fuels and nuclear energy is responsible for 39% of all freshwater withdrawals in the nation.
WHAT CAN I DO?
There are many effective ways to conserve water in and around your home. Look through this list for ways that will work for you. Many of these tips weregleaned from materials published by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Indoor savings are based on a family of two adults and one child.
In the Bathroom
1. Put a plastic bottle or a plastic bag weighted with pebbles and filled with water in your toilet tank. Displacing water in this manner allows you to use less water with each flush. Saves 5 to 10 gallons a day.That's up to 300 gallons a month, even more for large families. Better yet, for even greater savings, replace your water-guzzling five to seven gallon a flush toilet with a one and a half gallon, ultra-low flush model.
2. If you're taking a shower, don't waste cold water while waiting for hot water to reach the shower head. Catch that water in a container to use on your outside plants or to flush yourtoilet. Saves 200 to 300 gallons a month.
3. Check toilet for leaks. Put dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired. Saves 400 gallons a month.
4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Saves three gallons each day.
5. Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches...