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Water Conservation Tips – In the Kitchen & Laundry
- Do not use running water to thaw food. Place the frozen package in a bowl of cold water to thaw (do not use hot water as it causes uneven thawing and increases risk of food poisoning).
- Keep a container of water in the fridge to cool so you don’t have to run water for a cold drink.
- Keep up the maintenance on your dishwasher and washing machine as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Always wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running continuously for rinsing. Fill one side of the sink with clean water for rinsing, or put the washed dishes in a rack and rinse them all at once with a spray attachment or a pot of water. Wash dishes in a plastic tub and use the cooled soapy water for deck and garden plants. They love it.
- Wash vegetables and fruit with a vegetable brush and a basin of water rather than under running water.
- Reuse water that vegetables are washed in for watering houseplants or for cleaning.
- Remove or stop using the garberator in your sink. It uses a lot of water to dispose of organic food waste. An alternative way to dispose of your vegetable and fruit scraps is composting.
- Install flow restrictors on faucets.
- Use a stopper and fill the sink rather than letting the water run while you wash your hands, etc.