When washing clothes

  • Use a basin when washing clothes.
  • When using a washing machine, utilize the economy cycle instead of the normal cycle, as it requires less water.
  • Soak heavily soiled clothes to remove dirt easily.
  • Save the rinse water for flushing the toilet or cleaning the car, windows or floor.

When cooking

  • Thaw frozen food at room temperature, not under a running faucet.

  • Clean fruits and vegetables in a partially filled basin and rinse them quickly.


When washing the dishes

  • Use a dishpan or basin when washing dishes.
  • When cleaning utensils, wash all glasses, cups, saucers, spoons and forks first before cleaning the dishes, bowls, pots and pans.
  • Wash lightly greased dishes first before the greasy ones.

When brushing your teeth or shaving

  • Turn the water off while shaving or brushing teeth. A running tap uses about 4 cans of water per shaving or brushing.


When flushing the toilet

  • Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose tissue paper, insects, cigarette butts and other similar waste in the trash can rather than the toilet. Every tissue or cigarette butt you flush into the toilet bowl uses 5 – 7 gallons of water.
  • Lower the water level in the water closet by bending the float rod downwards.

When taking a shower

  • In the shower, turn water on to get wet, turn off to lather, then turn back on to rinse off.
  • Place a bucket or pail in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water your plants.
  • Use a pail or basin when taking a bath.

When watering plants

  • Don’t over-water your lawn. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.
  • Water your plants and lawn during the early morning hours or late in the afternoon when the temperature is cooler. Water evaporates 4-8 times faster in the middle of the day.