Issue Date: April 18, 2008
15 Doable Steps
Not everyone is aware of the growing pressures on the nations
water supply, but everyone who pays for water could follow steps -- many
suggested by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection -- to
reduce consumption and your water bill.
In your bathroom
- Take short showers and save 5-7 gallons a minute.
- Fill the tub halfway and save 10-15 gallons.
- Install water-saving toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators, if
- Fill a large plastic bottle with water and place it in your toilet
tank if you cant switch to a low-flow toilet.
- Turn off water while shaving, washing hands or brushing teeth.
Faucets use 2-3 gallons a minute.
- Only flush the toilet when necessary.
In your kitchen or laundry
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full. Save by using
the short cycle.
- Install faucet aerators, if possible.
- Turn off water while washing dishes. Faucets use 2-3 gallons a
minute. Filling a basin takes only 10 gallons to wash and rinse.
- Instead of running water to make it cold, keep a chilled supply in
the refrigerator, ready to drink.
- Reuse water used to wash vegetables for watering indoor plants or
- Use a self-closing nozzle on your hose.
- Sweep your sidewalk or driveway clean instead of using water.
- Buy a rain barrel and collect rainwater for watering grass, plants
and vegetables and for reducing storm runoff.
- Plant a garden, window box or share in a community garden where
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