Bathroom Conservation Tips

Helpful Tips

  • A standard shower head uses about five to seven gallons of water per minute. A low flow shower head reduces water by 50 percent or more.
  • Cutting showers to five minutes or less can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month.
  • Flush the toilet only when necessary and don’t use it as a wastebasket.
  • If a toilet is more than 10 years old, replace it with a low flow toilet or place a half-gallon plastic jug filled with water in the toilet tank. A water saving low flush model toilet can save up to 14,000 gallons of water a year. Fixing a leaking toilet can save more than 600 gallons of water a month.
  • In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn the water back on to rinse off. Repeat when washing your hair.
  • Install a shut off valve at the shower head so you can leave the temperature settings the same and still stop the flow of water while washing.
  • Plug the tub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
  • Take short showers and install low-flow devices on faucets and shower heads.
  • Taking showers instead of baths saves about 30 gallons of water.
  • Turning off water when brushing teeth, washing or shaving can save up to 10 gallons of water a day.
  • Wash pets outdoors in an area that needs water instead of in the tub.