Reducing Water Use

Helpful Tips for Reducing Water Use

  • Reduce the amount of water you use
  • Repair leaks; a lot of water can leak away
  • Retrofit wherever you can
  • Replace water guzzling appliances and fixtures with water efficient devices

Tips for the Bathroom

Your toilet can be responsible for 90% of all leaks. To find if your toilet has a leak:

  • Drop some food coloring in your toilet tank
  • Wait
  • If you see the color flowing into the toilet bowl, you have a leak
  • It may be time to replace the flapper valve, or you may need to replace or adjust the handle

If your toilet is using more than 6 liters of water per flush, it may be time to replace it with a water efficient model.


  • Take shorter showers
  • Replace your shower head with an ultra low flow version


  • Check all faucets
  • A leaky faucet may simply need a new washer
  • You can also install high-efficiency, low flow faucet aerators that are available at local hardware stores

Tips for the Kitchen

Easy things you can do to save water!

  • Thawing food under the tap wastes water. Take food out of the freezer early to allow plenty of time to thaw in the fridge.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water.
  • Clean fruits and vegetables in a partially filled sink.
  • Steaming vegetables uses less water while keeping more nutrients in the food.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is full and use the energy saver or shortest cycle.
  • Do not let the tap run continuously when washing dishes by hand. Use the second side of the sink for rinse water.
  • Turn taps off tightly, but gently so they do not drip.


Never put garbage of any kind down the drain, including:

  • Cooking fat and greases
  • Paints and solvents
  • Pesticides and other chemicals
  • Toxic household cleaners