The Bathroom


]Toilets are the greatest water
user in the home. Make sure they
are low-flow models and are not leaking.

One of the easiest ways you can save a significant amount of water inside your home is to be certain that your bathrooms are equipped with low-flow toilets. Toilets are the greatest water user in the house. According to EPA statistics, the national use of low flow toilets is estimated to save over 7.6 billion gallons of water per day by 2020. That’s because low flow toilets use only 1.6 gallons of water per flush—while water-wasting models use 3 to 5 gallons!

You should also make sure your toilets aren’t leaking. Toilets frequently develop silent leaks that can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month. You can test for this by adding a small amount of colored dye to the tank – if it shows up in the bowl after a few minutes, the flapper or stop valve probably needs to be replaced. The cost of repair is minimal when compared to the cost of potentially wasting thousands of gallons of water each year.

Another tip for saving water in the bathroom is to collect the cold water that runs down the drain when you’re waiting for your bath or shower water to get warm. Use it to water houseplants or refrigerate it for drinking.

Also, make sure you are using low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. These inexpensive fixtures are simple to install and will greatly reduce your home water consumption. They can save your family more than 500 gallons of water per week. You can tell if you already have low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators installed by looking for the rated flow, which should be printed on the side of the fixture. A faucet is low-flow if it reads 2.75 gpm (gallons per minute) or lower, and a showerhead is low-flow if it reads 2.5 gpm or lower. 

Finally, turning off the water while you brush your teeth and shave really does make a difference! Turning the water off will save about 4 gallons a minute. Instead of leaving the water running, fill the sink when you shave, and fill a glass with water for rinsing your mouth after you brush.