Wise Water Use in the Kitchen and Laundry

More than 10% of all water used in the home is used in the washing machine. An automatic clothes washer, at full cycle and highest water level, uses 30-35 gallons of water. The dishwasher is also a potential heavy user, requiring 25 gallons for a full cycle. Dishwashing with the tap running takes five gallons per minute – approximately 30 gallons per average washing.

Here are some tips for saving water in your kitchen and laundry:

  1. Instead of running water continuously, fill wash and rinse basins with water.
  2. Run only full loads in the dishwasher. Avoid using the extra cycle.
  3. Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
  4. Use your garbage disposal sparingly, using a garbage can for most kitchen waste.
  5. Wash only full loads of clothes on the short cycle in your washing machine.
  6. Check faucets and hose connections for leaks. Repair or replace whenever necessary.
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