Tips for Indoor Water Conservation
There are three main ways to conserve more water in your home:
1. Check for and repair leaks
- Get a FREE indoor water audits to identify leaks and learn easy, practical ways to make your home more water efficient from the City’s nonprofit partner, The Center for ReSource Conservation. You can also receive FREE installations of low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators as part of your indoor water audit.
- 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.
2. Install water-saving devices
- All homes built after 1996 have low-flow fixtures.
- Most of the water used in your home is used in the bathroom. A toilet uses at least 1.6 gallons for each flush and a shower uses 5 to 10 gallons per minute.
- Install aerators in all your faucets.
- Install a low-flow showerhead using 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
- Consider replacing your toilet with a 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. The City of Longmont offers a low-flow toilet rebate. Or install a displacement device in your toilet tank. Do NOT use bricks. They will disintegrate and cause damage to your toilet.
- Do not use the toilet for a trash can, and flush only when necessary.
3. Change your habits to use less water
- Shorten your showers. Turn water off while soaping or shampooing, and investigate water-saving shower heads.
- Turn 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.
- Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator.
- Load the dishwasher to capacity before running it each time.
Do your part to be water-wise indoors!