Handy Tips to Conserve Water

From the Delaware Rural Water Association (DRWA)
Water costs money... don't waste it! A dripping faucet or fixture can waste three gallons a day... a total of 1095 gallons a year.

Tips to Conserve Water
  • Check water line connections, pipes, faucets, and toilets for leaks.
  • Collect rain water to use to water flowers and gardens.
  • Install a space-occupier in your toilet tank to minimize water per flush or install water-saving toilets that use 1.0 to 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
  • Install aerators on sink faucets.
  • Install low-flow shower heads with on/off valve.
  • Most importantly, think "water conservation" and make it a habit.
  • Run washing machine and dishwasher only with full loads.
  • Take showers rather than baths (showers use about 1/3 as much water).
  • Take shorter showers; avoid letting water run while shaving and brushing teeth.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning to avoid evaporation. Water slowly, deeply, and infrequently to encourage deep rooting.
Water Waste per Quarter at 60 PSI Water Pressure
A continuous leak from a hole of the following sizes would, over a three month period, waste water in the amounts shown below:
Leak Size
Diameter of Stream Gallons Lost
Cubic Feet Lost
Cubic Meters Lost
black dot.bmp 1/4" 1,181,500 158,000 4,475
black dot.bmp 3/16" 666,000 89,031 2,521
black dot.bmp 1/8" 296,000 39,400 1,115
black dot.bmp 1/16" 74,000 9,850 280

For more information, please visit the DRWA website or call (302) 424-DRWA.