20 Ways to Save Water

  1. Use a displacement device (a water-filled bottle) in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water required to flush.
  2. Use toilet only for its intended purpose. Don't use the toilet to dispose of trash or tissues.
  3. Repair leaky taps or toilets immediately. A slow drip wastes 15 to 20 gallons of water/day.
  4. Consider a small capacity toilet when replacing an old one.
  5. Take shorter showers.
  6. Don't let the faucet run when brushing teeth, or shaving. Turn on only when needed.
  7. Flush toilets less often whenever possible.
  8. Let smaller children bathe together.
  9. When washing dishes by hand fill a basin or sink for rinsing rather than let the water run.
  10. Run dishwashers only when full.
  11. Avoid running the tap for a glass of water. Put a bottle in the refrigerator to stay cold.
  12. Never pour oil or grease in the drain. It requires too much water to rinse it down and may clog the drain.
  13. Wash only full loads of clothes.
  14. Use buckets and tubs to wash your car or the dog, rather than a continuous running hose.
  15. Water lawns and gardens only when needed and only during the early morning or evening when evaporation is lower. See Hopkins Watering Restrictions Page.
  16. Use a nozzle on your garden hose to act as flow-restrictor and reduce water use significantly.
  17. Cutting grass to no less than 2 or 3 inch height will reduce the amount of water needed.
  18. Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of washing them down with a hose.
  19. Reuse as much water as possible.
  20. If lawn watering is scheduled, let kids play in the hose or sprinkler in a grassy area instead of filling a wading pool.