When ice cubes are left over from your drink or ice chest, don’t throw them into the sink. Place ice cubes on a plant!
Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet at least once per year. Put food coloring into your toilet tank. If the coloring seeps into the bowl without flushing, there is a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
Are any of the toilets in your home 20 years old or older? If yes, then it’s likely that these toilets are inefficient and replacing them with WaterSense (*) labeled high efficiency models could save over 2 gallons per flush when replacing a 3.5 gallon per flush toilet. If no, then your fixtures are designed to flush efficiently at 1.6 gallons per flush or less. High-efficiency toilets (HET) use 20% less water than the federal required 1.6 gallons per flush. You may qualify for a rebate when replacing 3.5 gallons per flush with a qualifying HET.
(*) The WaterSense label is a certification mark, backed by the credibility of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identifying a water-efficient product, new home, or program that meets EPA criteria for water efficiency and performance.
Your toilet is not a waste basket – Use toilets only for what they were intended, not as a flushable trash bin. Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
General Outdoor Tip - Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.
Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones. ……OR experiment with not rinsing at all!
Kitchen Tips - There are a number of ways to save water and they all start with you. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way every drop goes down you and not in the drain. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. His will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
Winter is here…..it is raining in and around the SF Bay Area…..it is snowing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains…..AND THE DROUGHT IS NOT OVER. Please continue to save precious water. Next time it rains….go out and wash your car….make it a family affair….the kids will love it!
General Indoor Tip - A refreshing experience is to wash your face with cold water. This way you do not waste precious water waiting for the warm water to flow.
Office - Become or appoint a water ambassador within your organization who creates, implements and maintains your water conversation program. Here is a start…..Install an instant water heater near your kitchen so you do not have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
Indoor Tips for Kids - Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use. Play fun games while learning how to save water. Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors and faucets regularly for leaks. Avoid recreation toys that require a constant flow of water. Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
Indoor Tip for the Laundry Room - Have a plumber re-route your greywater (or “graywater”) to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your City and County for codes.
Indoor Tip for the kitchen is to use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons of water every time. BTW, all those little ground up pieces of organic matter that travel through the sanitary sewer and eventually enter the wastewater treatment plant place an additional load on the overall treatment system, including but not limited to, additional energy, biological oxygen demand and transportation (fuel) to the overburdened sludge landfill…just saying!!
Run full loads - clothes washers and dishwashers are more efficient with full loads.
Find and fix leaks – A small faucet drip can waste 75 gallons per day. Toilet leaks, often silent, can waste over 200 gallons per day. A steady house line leak can add up to more than 1,000 gallons per day (EBMUD).
Install low-flow devices; faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads are easy to install and show immediate water savings. Note: Go to www.ebmud.com to order their Home Survey Kit, a step-by-step resource for finding leaks and requesting low-flow devices.