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Indoor Water Conservation Tips During a Drought

The following indoor water conservation tips were compiled by, an official website by the US Government.



·         Operate clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.



·         Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

·         Take short showers instead of baths. Turn on the water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.

·         Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.

·         Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for watering plants.



·         Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the “light wash” feature to use less water.

·         Hand wash dishes by filling two containers—one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.

·         Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap.

·         Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Do not let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.

·         Avoid wasting water waiting for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it on the stove or in a microwave.

·         Don’t rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, just remove large particles of food.

·         Avoid using running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.