Water Saving Tips Inside the Home
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth. Use a glass of water for rinsing your teeth.
- When shaving, use a sink filled with rinse water. Do not let the faucet flow.
- Take short showers instead of baths and consider bathing small children together.
- Do not use the toilet as a trash can.
- If the shower has a single hand control or shut off valve, turn off the flow while soaping or shampooing.
- Refrigerate a bottle of drinking water instead of letting the faucet flow until the water is cold enough to drink.
- Turn the faucet off while cleaning vegetables. Rinse them in the sink with the drain closed or in a pan of water.
- If you wash dishes by hand, do not leave the faucet flowing for rinsing. Instead, use a dish rack and spray device to rinse them. If you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water.
- Fill the sink with water to pre-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
Water Saving Tips Outside the Home
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps and sidewalks.
- Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
- Water the lawn only when needed. If grass does not spring back after walking on it, it probably needs water.
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Do not water on windy days.
- Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or sidewalk.
- Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by 20 to 50 percent.
- Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
- In landscaping, use native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
- Cover swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
- Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and promote water retention by the soil.
Just For Kids
- Stay away from toys that require constant running water. Instead, use a small pool to enjoy water outside, or use sports-related toys and remote-controlled devices instead.
- When washing hands, turn off the sink while kids are lathering up.
- Don’t let children flush tissues or other items down the toilet. Not only is this wasteful, but it can also cause serious plumbing problems. Encourage your kids to use a wastebasket for tissues and other everyday essentials they may be tempted to flush.
- When washing the dog, make sure you wash them on an area of the lawn that needs water so you can accomplish two tasks at once. Just be sure the soap you use is safe for plants.
- Teach children to always turn the faucets off tightly to avoid drips and unnecessary water waste.
Additional Water Conservation Tips
Check and fix leaking faucets, toilets, plumbing joints, and don’t forget the outside hose bibs.
Shorten your showers. Two minutes can save 700 gallons a month.
Soap up with the shower off.
Water your lawn in the early morning (7:00am – 9:30am) and evening (7:00pm – 9:30pm)
Check your water meter when no one is using water. If it moves you have a leak.
Put food coloring in your toilet tanks when not in use. If coloring comes into the bowl prior to flushing, you have a leak.
Use automatic shut off nozzles on outside hoses.
Do not fill the tub.
Consider rain barrels to store water for outside watering.
- Sump Pumps cannot be connected to sanitary sewer lines
- Purchase a separate irrigation meter for outdoor water use
- Shut-off the water to the outside hose bibs inside the house during the winter months and open the bib to let it drain.
- Turn off water when brushing your teeth.
Pool Water Disposal:
Dispose chlorinated and pool water responsibly. Save our streams and aquatic life. Use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation. Call (215) 343-1800 or email us at info@WTWSD.org.
What you can & cannot flush: