Recycle Palos - Conserve Water


Water Conservation Tips!

Practicing proper water conservation tips is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water and to significantly lower your monthly utility bill. Using less water also puts less pressure on our central sewer system, again making your monthly utility bill a little lighter. Here are some tips for saving both water and money:

Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints, this will save 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped.

Install water-efficient shower heads or flow restrictors, this will save 500 to 800 gallons per month.

Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher, this will save 300 to 800 gallons per month.

Shorten your showers, even a small reduction of one to two minutes can save up to 700 gallons of water per month.

Check toilet for leaks! Put colored dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing there is a leak that should be repaired. Correcting small leaks can save 1,000 gallons a month.

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This can save three gallons a day.

Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor, this can save three gallons a day.

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking. This can save 200 to 300 gallons a month.

When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This will minimize the amount of rinse water needed and can save 200 to 300 gallons a month.