Excessive Water Use

Unnecessary water use not only contributes to local water shortages, but also adds to the volume of wastewater that must be treated by septic tanks or sewage treatment plants. As a result, excessive water use contributes to higher bills for energy, water and sewer services.

Here are some tips on how you can play your part in conserving water:

      Check for toilet leaks by putting food coloring into the tank. If colored water appears after 30 minutes without flushing, there is a leak that should be repaired.

      Turn off water and your hot water heater when going on a trip.

      Take short showers instead of baths.

      Donít run water continuously when washing dishes, brushing teeth, shaving, etc.

      Install a water-conserving shower head.

      Run dishwasher and clothes washers only when you have a full load.

      Install low volume toilets.

**The average person in the United States uses about 100 gallons of water each day; only four gallons are actually essential to life. We could decrease our water consumption by 15 percent to 20 percent simply by adopting better water use habits.

 


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