Bathroom use accounts for 75% of all water used in the home. Small changes like these can equal big savings:

  • Check toilets for leaks - Drop food coloring or a leak-detection tablet in the toilet tank. If color appears in the bowl, there is a leak that requires immediate attention.
  • Flush only when necessary. Every time you flush you use 2-5 gallons of water depending on the type of toilet owned.
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Reduce the water level per flush by installing a water displacement device in the toilet tank. A plastic bottle, weighted with water or sand, works well. Never use a brick.
  • Take 5 minute or less showers. Turn off the water flow when lathering up, and turn it back on to rinse.
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictions, which are available at local hardware stores and other retail outlets.
  • Take baths. Only the shortest shower saves more water than a partially filled tub. Also, consider bathing small children together.
  • Turn off the water after wetting your toothbrush. Use a glass of water to rinse. Avoid letting the faucet run.
  • Rinse your razor in a sink of water. Letting the water run uses about three gallons per minute.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger leaks waste even more.