Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources
Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. Best of all, everyone can play their part in preserving our nation's water resources. With the simple steps and informational tools below, you'll find that it's easier than ever.
Save Indoors Fix a leak:Small household leaks can add up to gallons of water lost every day. That's why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year in March during Fix a Leak Week. In the bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a home takes place:
Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you've been lathering up.
In the kitchen—whip up a batch of big water savings:
Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
Use a dishwasher—and when you do, make sure it's fully loaded!
Scrape your plate instead of rinsing it before loading it into the dishwasher.
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of hot water.
Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
In the laundry room—where you can be clean AND green:
Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
To save money on your energy bills, set your washing machine to use cold water rather than hot or warm water.