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:
- Instead of running water continuously, fill wash and rinse basins with water.
- Run only full loads in the dishwasher. Avoid using the extra cycle.
- Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
- Use your garbage disposal sparingly, using a garbage can for most kitchen waste.
- Wash only full loads of clothes on the short cycle in your washing machine.
- Check faucets and hose connections for leaks. Repair or replace whenever necessary.
1. Do not over-water plants and lawns.
Avoid water runoff into streets and gutters.
2. For best results, try morning watering.
Evaporation loss is at a minimum.
3. Avoid washing down paved areas.
Sweep driveway and sidewalks in garden cleanup.
4. When washing the car…
Use a bucket of water. Use the hose only to rinse.
5. Repair faucet leaks.
As much as 15 gallons of water can be lost each day with a slow drip.
6. Avoid toilet water waste.
Do not use toilet as a trash disposal.
7. Don’t fall asleep in the shower.
An extra five minutes in the shower could mean another 50 gallons down the drain. Use a moderate stream.
8. The automatic dishwasher – use it wisely.
Half loads cheat you out of full water use.
9. Watch those laundry loads, too.
Some 50 gallons of water can be used to wash a load of clothes. Make every load count.
10. Avoid the running faucet.
Don’t run water continuously while shaving, brushing teeth, peeling vegetables, or washing dishes.