Daily Decisions

We need water for just about everything – to clean, eat, and even dress. Being conscious of how we use water throughout our day can help us save huge amounts of water and live more sustainably. Here are some ways you can save:

1. Turn off the taps 💧

One of the easiest ways to save water in your day-to-day is by turning off the tap while you:

  • Brush your teeth
  • Wash your hands
  • Wash your car
  • Hand wash dishes

2. Single Song Showers 🚿

Limit your showers to under 6 minutes, or 1-2 songs! By taking short showers instead of taking a bath, you can save up to 25 gallons! Installing a high-efficiency shower head can save even more water. Look for the WaterSense label on your shower-head.

3. Toilets 🚽

You can save water with your toilets by:

  • Purchasing a WaterSense labeled toilet
  • Putting a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush (if you can’t replace higher volume toilet).
  • Checking for a toilet leak by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak that needs repaired.
  • Throw tissues and other waste in the garbage can, which doesn’t require gallons of water.

3. Laundry 🧺

You can save water while washing your clothes by:

  • Re-using towels
  • Running full loads
  • Using size-specific cycle settings
  • Upgrading to an Energy Star washing machine

4. Eat Green 🥦

Agriculture irrigation accounts for 70% of water use worldwide. What we choose to eat has huge impacts on water. Meat products have the highest water consumption per pound of any food. Save water and improve your healthy by loading up on fruits, grains, and vegetables!

Saving Water Outside 💦

Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. We can save water by being smart about how we water our lawns and gardens.

You can save water by:

  • Using mulch in your landscape
  • Planting native plants
  • Collecting rainwater
  • Using a rain gauge
  • Setting your mower blade to 3” or higher
  • Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn
  • Aerating and top-dressing the soil with compost annually

7. Self-service Carwash 🚗

Washing your car at home can waste up to 7x more water than going to a commercial car wash and introduce chemical pollutants into natural waterways. Self-service car wash stations also have filtering systems in place to reduce water pollution runoff (such as soap and other chemical products) into local waterways.

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8. Fix-A-Leak 🚰

Annual household leaks amount to one TRILLION gallons of wasted water! Checking for leaks is easy, and can save you  money on your waterbill. Take the 10 minute WaterSenese challenge to chase down any leaks you might have in your home:

Click here to take the WaterSense Fix-A-Leak Challenge

10. Recycle Water ♻️

You can recycle water in your home by:

  • Placing a bucket in the shower and using to water plants
  • Installing a rain barrel
  • Watering plants with pasta/cooking water
  • Scatter used ice on your lawn.

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9. Cut your carbon! 🏭

Climate change is also a water issue. Rising temperatures have resulted in drier summers and decreased snowpack, intensifying drought stress on native ecosystems, increasing the risk of wildfires, and decreasing freshwater availability. Reducing your carbon footprint is one way to help protect our limited freshwater supplies.

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11. Buy Less, Shop Smart 🛒

Consumer products are an overlooked source of water use, accounting for up to a third of the average person’s water footprint. Using the full lifespan of products—from clothing to electronics to household goods—can dramatically decrease your water footprint. It also can help reduce your carbon footprint and reduce pollutants that end up in natural waterways.

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