Greener Behrend: Water Savings

  • Bottled water is not necessarily cleaner than tap water; buy a Brita and refillable bottles instead.
  • Keep water in refrigerator instead of running water until it becomes cool enough.
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • Turn the water off when:
    • Brushing your teeth
    • Washing dishes
    • Cleaning vegetables
    • Shaving
    • If possible, when soaping up in shower
  • Use electric/non-disposable razors.
  • Put a bottle or “toilet dam” in your toilet tank to use less water per flush.
  • Check your toilet/faucets for leaks.
  • Try flushing less often.
  • Don’t use toilet as garbage can.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install water-saving shower head.
  • Take showers instead of baths-if using tub:
    • Put in plug before turning on water.
    • Do not fill to capacity.
    • Try washing small children together.
    • Consider re-using bath water for cleaning/irrigation purposes.
  • Install flow-control aerators in faucets.
  • When washing hands/dishes, don’t turn water on all the way.
  • Scrape and rinse dishes all at once.
  • Soak very dirty pans overnight.
  • Fix/report all leaks immediately.
  • When using washing machine:
    • Use load selector for size.
    • Use full capacity.
    • If buying a new one, buy front loading variety.
    • Use cold water.
    • Use phosphate-free detergent/try using less detergent.
    • Use chlorine bleach sparingly or use a non-chlorine bleach.
  • Do not dump toxic chemicals where they can reach the sewer.

Landscaping/gardening water tips

  • Let grass grow higher in dry weather.
  • Use drip irrigation systems.
  • Plant low-water plants (i.e. succulents).
  • Use mulch.
  • Water slowly and as infrequently as possible.
  • Water in early morning or late evening.
  • Do not use sprinklers-replace with rubber soaker hoses.
  • Check for leaks.
  • Use gray-water when ever possible.
  • Learn about your soils and plants watering requirements.
  • Don’t use water to clean sidewalks/driveways-sweep instead.