Here are some surprising water use statistics from the EPA:
- An average of 8% of all home water use is wasted through leaks. A faucet that leaks 1 drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water each year.
- More than 30% of household water is for outdoor use such as watering lawns.
- Leaky toilets can waste up to 200 gallons per day, the equivalent of flushing the toilet 50 times for no reason.
The City has compiled a list with a few tips for water conservation which may be helpful to you, the consumer.
1. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
2. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
3. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
4. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk to save water, time and money.
5. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a water-efficient model.
6. Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it’s still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
7. Taking showers instead of baths can save water.
8. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
9. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
For more information on water conservation and water conservation tips see the following websites: