Water Conservation

Home water use varies considerably depending on household size, water use practices, climate, type of plumbing fixtures and appliances, and a number of other factors. The two largest water users are toilets and washing machines.

Typical household water use by type:

•Clothes washer - 21.7%    
•Shower - 15.9%    
•Faucet - 16.7%    
•Toilet - 26.7%    
Dishwasher - 1.4%
 •Bath - 1.7%    
•Leak - 13.7%    
•Other - 2.2%

Ways You and Your Family Can Conserve Water and Money:

  • Check all water-using appliances, equipment and other devices for leaks. Running toilets, dripping faucets, home water treatment units and outdoor sprinkler systems are common sources of leaks.

  • Take short showers instead of baths.

  • Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth.

  • Before pouring water down the drain, consider other uses for it, such as watering a plant or garden.

  • Wash full loads of laundry whenever possible.

  • Operate dishwasher only when completely full.

  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off.

  • Install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances.