Indoor Water Conservation Tips
- Many commercial and residential developments have hidden water leaks. Check if your property is leak-free by reading your water meter before and after two hours when no one is using water. If there is a change in the meter, then there is a leak that you need to locate.
- Don’t pour water down the drain if you can use it for watering plants or a garden, or cleaning the premises.
- Refrain from unnecessary toilet flushes. Avoid the clogging of toilets by throwing tissues and other waste in the trash instead.
- When taking a bath, use only the necessary amount of water by securing the drain and filling the tub 1/3 full. The first rush of cold water can be remedied by adding warm water after a few minutes.
- Ask tenants to take shorter showers or replace default showerheads with those that have low flows. There are newer units for sale that allow users to shut off the water flow without needing to adjust the knobs for water temperature.
- Retrofit household faucets by placing aerators that have flow restrictors.
- When choosing to wash dishes by hand, fill one basin or sink with water and some soap. Briskly rinse the dishes under a slow stream of water from the faucet.
- Run automatic laundry machines or dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Don’t forget to set the water level properly for the size of the load being washed.
- When washing your face or shaving, don’t let the water flow. You can brush your teeth while waiting for the water temperature to rise, then shave or wash once the basin is filled.
- Keep containers of drinking water in your refrigerator instead of allowing the tap to run each time you need a glass of water.
- Avoid using running water to defrost frozen food. Thaw food overnight in the refrigerator or by choosing to defrost them in your microwave.
- Installing an instant water heater for the kitchen sink reduces costs because you won’t need to let the water run as the temperature heats up.
- Replace or adjust toilet flush handles if it stays in the flush position frequently. This lets the water run and drives up the water bill.