We should all take steps to conserve the natural resources provided by our planet. They are available in limited supply and it is our duty as responsible citizens to make sure there are enough for future generations. Conserving water resources, even in areas where there is an abundance of the substance, is something each of us can do with little effort.
Step 1: Fix leaky faucets, pipes, and toilets. A huge amount of water is wasted due to even the smallest drip from a faucet. Toilets can be checked for leaks by placing food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl within about 30 minutes without flushing, there is a leak that needs to be repaired.
Step 2: Minimize toilet flushes. Each flush consumes five to seven gallons of water. Do not use the toilet to flush small trash items, tissues, or cigarette butts because this is literally flushing away money and resources.
Step 3: Read the water meter to check for leaks. Take a reading of the meter, do not use water for two hours, and then take a follow up meter reading. If the numbers are different, a leak exists that should be investigated and repaired.
Step 4: Install low-flow faucet aerators and water-saving showerheads. Limit the length of showers and install a ShowerStart showerhead that pauses running showers once they are warm. Aerators on faucets are the best residential water conservation method and are inexpensive.
Step 5: Insulate water pipes using pre-slit foam insulation designed for piping. This provides hot water faster and eliminates water waste waiting for the water to heat up.
Step 6: Do not keep water running during tooth brushing and face washing. Wet the toothbrush and washcloth, do the job, then turn the faucet on for rinsing once complete.
Step 7: Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when fully loaded. If partial loads of clothes must be washed, adjust the water level to correspond with the size of the load. If possible, do not use the permanent press wash cycle because this consumes five more gallons of water due to an extra rinse.