Ev­ery drop counts

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When it comes to con­serv­ing wa­ter, small ad­just­ments can have a big im­pact.

When wash­ing dishes by hand, don’t let the wa­ter run. Fill one basin with wash wa­ter and the other with rinse wa­ter.

Dish­wash­ers typ­i­cally use less wa­ter than wash­ing dishes by hand. En­ergy Star dish­wash­ers save even more wa­ter and en­ergy.

If your dish­washer is new, cut back on rins­ing. Newer mod­els clean more thor­oughly than older ones.

Des­ig­nate one glass for your drink­ing wa­ter each day, or re­fill a wa­ter bot­tle. This will cut down on the num­ber of glasses to wash.

Soak pots and pans in­stead of let­ting the wa­ter run while you scrape them clean.

Use the garbage dis­posal spar­ingly. In­stead, com­post veg­etable food waste and save gal­lons ev­ery time.

Wash your fruits and veg­eta­bles in a pan of wa­ter in­stead of run­ning wa­ter from the tap.

Don’t use run­ning wa­ter to thaw food. For wa­ter ef­fi­ciency and food safety, de­frost food in the re­frig­er­a­tor.

In­stall an in­stant wa­ter heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the wa­ter while it heats up. This also re­duces en­ergy costs.

Keep a pitcher of drink­ing wa­ter in the re­frig­er­a­tor in­stead of run­ning the tap. This way, ev­ery drop goes down you and not the drain.

Reuse left­over wa­ter from cooked or steamed foods to start a nu­tri­tious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of wa­ter a day.

Cook food in as lit­tle wa­ter as pos­si­ble. This also helps it re­tain more nu­tri­ents.

Se­lect the proper pan size for cook­ing. Large pans may re­quire more cook­ing wa­ter than nec­es­sary.

If you ac­ci­den­tally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant in­stead.

Col­lect the wa­ter you use while rins­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles. Use it to wa­ter house plants.

When do­ing laun­dry, match the wa­ter level to the size of the load.

Wash­ing dark clothes in cold wa­ter saves wa­ter and en­ergy, and helps your clothes re­tain their colour.

When shop­ping for a new wash­ing ma­chine, com­pare re­source sav­ings among En­ergy Star mod­els. Some can save up to 20 gal­lons of wa­ter per load.

Have a plumber re-route your grey wa­ter to trees and plants rather than the sewer line.

If your shower fills a one-gal­lon bucket in less than 20 sec­onds, re­place the shower head with a wa­ter-sav­ing model.

Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gal­lons per month.

Time your shower to keep it un­der 5 min­utes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gal­lons per month.

Toi­let leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toi­let for leaks at least once a year.

Put food colour­ing in your toi­let tank. If it seeps into the bowl with­out flush­ing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start sav­ing gal­lons.

When run­ning a bath, plug the bath­tub be­fore turn­ing on the wa­ter. Ad­just the tem­per­a­ture as the tub fills.

Up­grade older toi­lets with wa­ter-sav­ing mod­els.

If your toi­let flap­per doesn’t close prop­erly af­ter flush­ing, re­place it.

Turn off the wa­ter while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gal­lons a minute. That’s up to 200 gal­lons a week for a fam­ily of four. Con­sider buy­ing a du­alflush toi­let. It has two flush op­tions: a half-flush for liq­uid waste and a full-flush for solid waste. Plug the sink in­stead of run­ning the wa­ter to rinse your ra­zor and save up to 300 gal­lons a month.

Turn off the wa­ter while wash­ing your hair and save up to 150 gal­lons a month.

When wash­ing your hands, turn the wa­ter off while you lather.

Take five-minute show­ers in­stead of baths. A full bath­tub re­quires up to 70 gal­lons of wa­ter.

In­stall wa­ter-sav­ing aer­a­tors on all of your faucets.

Drop tis­sues in the trash in­stead of flush­ing them and save wa­ter ev­ery time.

One drip ev­ery sec­ond adds up to five gal­lons per day! Check your faucets and shower heads for leaks.

While you wait for hot wa­ter, col­lect the run­ning wa­ter and use it to wa­ter plants.

Teach chil­dren to turn off faucets tightly af­ter each use.

When the kids want to cool off, use the sprin­kler in an area where your lawn needs it most.

En­cour­age your school sys­tem and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to de­velop and pro­mote wa­ter con­ser­va­tion among chil­dren and adults.

Play fun games while learn­ing how to save wa­ter!

Mon­i­tor your wa­ter bill for unusu­ally high use. Your bill and wa­ter me­ter are tools that can help you dis­cover leaks.

Learn how to use your wa­ter me­ter to check for leaks.

Re­ward kids for the wa­ter-sav- ing tips they fol­low.

Avoid re­cre­ational wa­ter toys that re­quire a con­stant flow of wa­ter.

Be a leak de­tec­tive! Check all hoses, con­nec­tors, and faucets reg­u­larly for leaks.

We’re more likely to no­tice leaky faucets in­doors, but don’t for­get to check out­door faucets, pipes, and hoses.

At home or while stay­ing in a ho­tel, reuse your tow­els.

Make sug­ges­tions to your em­ployer or school about ways to save wa­ter and money.

Run your washer and dish­washer only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gal­lons a month.

See how your wa­ter use stacks up to oth­ers by cal­cu­lat­ing your daily wa­ter use.

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