Check your toilet for leaksToilets can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day. They also account for the primary source of leaks in a household.
To check if your toilet has a leak, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait several minutes. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Be sure and rinse the dye out quickly and thoroughly so it won’t stain. Castle Rock Water has non-staining dye tabs for your convenience.
Fix it and start saving!
Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasketEvery toilet is flushed an average of 6 times each day. Each flush can use more than 2 gallons of water. Keep a wastebasket in the bathroom for trash.
It sounds hard to believe but flushable wipes are not actually flushable. These wipes do not disintegrate like toilet paper and tend to create clogs in the wastewater system. The name can be deceiving.
Don’t throw flushable wipes in the toilet
Toilets installed prior to 1994 may use between 3 and 8 gallons of water per flush. Compared to a more modern, high-efficiency toilet that uses less than 1 gallon per flush, replacing old toilets could make a big difference.
Install a low volume toilet
A family of four can save 14,000 to 25,000 gallons of water a year by replacing their toilet with a more efficient fixture. You may also want to consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options, a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
Use a water bank You can reduce the amount of water it takes to fill your toilet tank, by placing a water bank in the tank. Keep in mind, do not use a brick or other items which may erode. Over time, this could affect the internal workings of your toilet.
Let it mellowThe toilet typically accounts for the largest indoor water use in a household. When appropriate, let it mellow.
Avoid using in-tank toilet cleaners or tabletsCleaning products can erode the tank flapper. Worn-out flappers are the primary cause of a leaky toilet.
Sinks and showers
Check for leaks in faucets and shower headsOne drip every second can add up to 5 gallons per day.
Install low-flow shower headsIf your shower fills a 1 gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a low-flow WaterSense® model.
A low-flow shower head could save an estimated 2.5 gallons per shower or 750 gallons a month.
Find a WaterSense® model shower head at your local hardware store.
Install aerators in all of your bathroom faucetsAerators increase the force of water while using half as much water.
Shorten your shower to 5 minutes - or even by a minute or twoA 5 minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses only 12 gallons of water. While a 10 minute shower with an old shower head, can use as much as 40 gallons.
Take fewer bathsOr, only fill the tub half full. A bathtub can use up to 70 gallons of water.
Plug the bathtub when running a bathPlug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
Collect your shower water While waiting for the shower to warm up, try collecting the cold water in a bucket to water plants.
Insulate your hot water pipesThis can shorten the wait for hot water, and save energy too.
Turn it offYou can save 4 to 8 gallons of water each day by turning off the tap while lathering your hands, shaving or brushing your teeth.
For a shave, plug the sink with a bit of water for rinsing.