Public Utilities Indoor Water Saving Tips

Welcome to the Indoor Water Saving Tips

Did you know by letting the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes you can waste 3 to 5 gallons a minute?  That adds up to about 20,000 wasted gallons a year in your home.  Follow these simple steps at home and you can easily save water.• Repair leaking pipes and faucets
• Only run the dishwasher when its full
• Set the washing machine for the appropriate level
• Don't run the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands
• Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking so you won't have to let the faucet run to get cold water
 • Don't use the toilet as a trash can 
 

How much water do you use?

  Non-Conserving Conserving Activities
Shower (5 minutes) Regular showerhead uses 30 gallons Low-flow showerhead/restrictor 15 gallons and Wet-down, rinse off 4 gallons
Toilet Flushing Conventional toilet 5-7 gallons per flush Ultra-low flush toilet 1.6 gallons
Brushing Teeth Tap running 10 gallons Wet brush, rinse, one half gallon or less
Shaving Tap running 20 gallons Fill basin 1 gallon
Washing Hands Tap running 2 gallons or more Soap and rinse 1 gallon or less
Dishwashing Tap running 30 gallons Wash and rinse in dishpan or sink 5 gallons
Automatic Dishwasher Full cycle 15 gallons Short cycle 11 gallons
Washing Machine Full cycle, top water level 40 gallons New "tumble-action" efficient clothes washer 25 gallons