Start conserving water in your home and your yard, with these suggestions.
- Fix leaky faucets and toilets. A small leak from a faucet can waste 50 gallons of water a day and a leaky toilet can waste 260 gallons a day.
- Always wash full loads of clothes and dishes. Washing machines can use 30 to 60 gallons of water for the wash cycle.
- Install high-efficiency shower heads, faucets, and toilets. High-efficiency shower heads, which cost about $15, can reduce water use by 50%. Water-efficient toilets use 50 to 80% less water.
- Water lawns and gardens in the evening or early in the morning to avoid excessive evaporation. On average, about 35% of household water goes to tending yards.
- Replant your yard with native wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers. Native plants are less-water intensive, especially in arid climates.
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly and carefully. Residential use of pesticides accounts for about 8% of all pesticide applications. Urban runoff accounts for about 14% of common water pollution and just over half of that is due to residential use of fertilizers.