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Water Conservation Tips – In the Bathroom
- Install low-flow/aerating shower and faucet heads. You can tell if you need a low-flow showerhead if your shower can fill a one gallon bucket in fewer than 20 seconds.
- Take short showers – 5 minutes maximum. Turn the water off when lathering or shaving. Your low-flow showerhead has a button that cuts off the flow without changing the water temperature and volume.
- As shower water runs to temperature, capture the first cold water in a bucket and use it to water plants or wash floors and windows.
- Use only as much water as necessary in the tub, and plug the drain before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature once the water flow is hot.
- Insulate your hot water pipes so that you don’t have to run as much water before it gets hot.
- Turn the water off while shaving, brushing your teeth and washing your face. Turn it off after wetting your face or toothbrush, and back on to rinse.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Keep a wastebasket in the bathroom.
- Check the toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait a few minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak that needs to be fixed.
- To reduce the amount of water used in each flush, place plastic bottles filled with sand in the toilet tank. Keep the bottle away from the operating mechanism. (Do not use bricks, which disintegrate after a while and damage the operating mechanism.)
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Just one drop per second wastes thousands of litres per month.