Water Efficient Fixtures
If your toilet is an older model, place a toilet dam in the tank, this will make the tank smaller and will save one-two gallons of water each time you flush. This easy fix can save you hundreds of gallons per person, each year. Even better, purchase a toilet rated at 1.1 gallons per flush, or less.
Fix your leaky toilet. Leaking toilets waste up to 200 gallons a day, and most leaks can be fixed by replacing the toilet flapper.
Toilet flappers seal water into the tank and allow water to exit the tank when you flush. They deteriorate over time and should be checked every year to make sure they fit the tank properly. For more information on how to detect toilet flapper leaks, visit www.toiletflapper.org. Tampa Bay Water guides you through a detailed tutorial demonstrating how to fix a flapper leak.
Replace or adjust your toilet handle if it frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly.
CONSIDER EPA WaterSense High Efficiency products to increase the quality of your products while reducing water use.
If possible, replace toilets, washers and faucets with new, WaterSense labeled products to save water and money.
Don’t flush needless debris down the toilet to avoid unnecessary flushing and water use. Dispose of tissues, insects, medicines and other small wastes in the trash.
If you find yourself running the tap waiting for the water to heat up, try insulating your hot water pipes to help it heat faster.
Garbage disposals require a lot of water and energy. Compost kitchen food waste instead and use it to feed outdoor plant beds.
Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when full. Scrape, but don’t rinse dishes before loading them into the washer.
Re-use towels rather than using a new one each time you shower. This will save water used for laundry.
Save Water at the Tap
When waiting for water to heat up from your tap, whether the shower or a sink, collect it to use around the house.
Rather than defrosting frozen foods under running hot water, either defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
Instead of running the tap for a cool drink of water, fill a pitcher with water and keep it in the fridge for a cold drink any time.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a small pan of water instead of washing them under running water.
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.
Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. Run the tap only when necessary to rinse.
When washing your hands, turn off the faucet while you lather.
Don’t bathe your pets if they aren’t dirty, unless required to maintain health. For big dogs, bathe with a hose on a dry area of the lawn to water it at the same time. For smaller dogs and animals, wash them in the water your children just bathed in.
When giving your pet fresh water, don’t pour the old water down the drain, use it to water plants indoors or out.
When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants, rather than just throwing it down the drain.
More Ways to Save Water Indoors
Choose to shower over taking a bath. Baths generally use up to 70 gallons of water per use.
Make a soup with water used to cook or steam foods. It will add extra flavor and save water!
Decline free water at restaurants if you do not plan to drink it.
Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover household leaks.