Tips for Indoor Water Conservation
There are three main ways to conserve more water in your home:
1. Check for and repair leaks
- Turn off all of your water inside and outside of your home. Check your water meter, is the leak indicator moving or is your meter registering water flow? If so, you might have a leak.
- Next, shut off the water to your home. Is a leak still being registered? Then you might have a leak in your outdoor irrigation system. Hire an irrigation professional or receive a free outdoor irrigation audit with Resource Central to identify the location of the leak.
- Check every faucet for leaks. A single dripping faucet can waste more water in a single day than one person needs for drinking in an entire week.
- Check your toilet for "silent" leaks. Put ten drops of food coloring in the tank. Don't flush for 15 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking. You most likely need to replace the toilet flapper.
- For more information on how to identify and fix a leak, visit the WaterSense Fix a Leak Week website.
2. Install water-saving devices
- Buy WaterSense Products at your local hardware store or at Efficiency Works Store online.
- Install high-efficiency aerators in all your faucets.
- Install a low-flow showerhead using 2 gallons per minute or less.
- Consider replacing your toilet with a 1.1 gallon per flush toilet or less. The City of Longmont offers a high-efficiency toilet rebate. Or install a displacement device in your toilet tank. Do NOT use bricks. They will disintegrate and cause damage to your toilet.
3. Change your habits to use less water
- Shorten your showers. Turn the water off while soaping or shampooing, and install water-saving shower heads.
- Turn the water off while shaving, washing, or brushing your teeth.
- When cooking use less water and put a lid on the pot.
- Plug the drain or use a pan of water when washing vegetables.
- Use the dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand and load the dishwasher to capacity before running it each time.
- Do not use the toilet for a trash can, and flush only when necessary.
Do your part to be water-wise indoors!