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2013 Detect-A-Leak Week

Free Fixtures

Water Conservation

In the Bathroom...

In The Laundry...
In the Kitchen...

Indoor/Outdoor Plants

Leaks and Detection

Leak Detection Hints


Conservation Tips (PDF)





     In the kitchen...

  • Wait until you have a full load before using your automatic dishwasher. Savings: 33 gallons.
  • Don't let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables. Instead, rinse them in a sink or bowl filled with clean water. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
  • Steam, rather than boil your vegetables whenever possible. Use a tight lid on the pot, and as little water as possible. Savings: up to 5 gallons, depending on pot size.
  • Thaw frozen foods ahead of time, not under running water. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.

  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks (including automatic ice makers and dishwasher hoses). Savings: 8,640 gallons per month for 1/5 gallon per minute leak.
  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Remember; running the tap to cool water for drinking loses 3 gallons per minute. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
  • When washing dishes by hand, rinse them first in a sink filled with water, rather than under a running tap. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
  • Don't overuse garbage disposals. Use the disposal only at the end of cooking or cleanup periods, or when full. Savings: 3 gallons per minute.
  • Restaurants and other food establishments should serve water only upon request. This saves on drinking water plus the water needed to wash glasses. Savings: many thousands of gallons for serving and cleaning.






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