Save Water Indoors
By far the main source of water use in the home, bathrooms have great potential for water efficiency. Here are a few things to consider that can result in huge water savings:
- Replace old, inefficient toilets (which can use up to 6 gpf) with new, WaterSense labeled toilets that flush at or under 1.28 gpf. Simply making that switch could save the average family 13,000 gallons of water/year! Don't forget, replacing your toilet might qualify you for a rebate!
- Check your toilet for leaks. Often times silent toilet leaks go undetected and can result in up to 200 gallons of wasted water/day! Here's how: Toilet Dye Tab Test
- Never use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket for facial tissues, cotton swabs, etc. Only flush the things that are intended to be flushed!
- Install low-flow, WaterSense labeled shower heads to potentially save the average family up to 2,900 gallons/year. Visit the City of Hays Finance Office to pick up a low flow showerhead for FREE or low cost with the exchange of your old showerhead.
- Take shorter showers! Shorten your shower by just 1 minute and save up to 500 gallons/year.
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
- When bathing children, only fill the bath as deep as their belly button (when sitting in the tub) vs. completely full.
- Shut the water off while washing your hair; turn it back on to rinse.
- Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models can save the average family up to 700 gallons of water/year. Pick up a free faucet aerator at the Finance Office.
- Check faucets and pipes often for leaks. One drip every second can add up to 5 gallons/day!
- Shut off the water while brushing your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute.
- Rinse your razor in the sink vs. letting the water run each time.
- When washing your hands, turn off the water while you lather.
Think about all the ways water is used in the kitchen. Saving water is as easy as the following:
- Use one! Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Use this site to compare models.
- Only run the dishwasher when fully loaded.
- Don't pre-rinse the dishes! Most dishwashers can handle the dirty dishes just fine.
- Install a kitchen faucet aerator. Pick up an aerator for free at the Finance Office.
- Collect the water you use to rinse fruits/vegetables. Use it to water houseplants.
- Keep a jug of cold water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water gets cold.
- Cook food in as little water as possible (i.e. boiling pasta, potatoes, etc.)
- Designate one cup for your drinking water each day (or fill a bottle), this will limit the number of glasses to wash.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator vs. the "speed thaw" method in a sink full of water.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill one basin with soapy water and one with rinse water to avoid running the faucet each time you rinse.
The Laundry Room
- Consider installing an EnergyStar labeled, high efficiency clothes washer with an IWF of 3.7 or less. Use this site to compare models. Don't forget, you might qualify for a rebate!
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
- Wash clothes in cold water when possible to save water and energy.
- Check all hoses and connections regularly for leaks.
Here are some general tips to help with efficient water use:
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
- Teach children to shut faucets off tightly after each use.
- Keep up to date with the latest water conservation rules/regulations as they may change based on drought conditions.
- Report any suspected water main leaks to the Department of Water Resources.
- Spread the word about the City's Water Conservation rebates and programs with friends and neighbors!