Waste Not, Water Not

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

Here are some simple ways you and your family can cut back on water use:

  • Don't pour water down the drain. Instead, use it to water your plants or garden.
  • Fix dripping faucets. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the water while you lather up.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face.
  • Run dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. The light-wash feature uses less water.
  • When hand-washing dishes, use two containers-one with soapy water for washing and the other with plain water for rinsing.
  • Don't water your lawn too much. Grass only needs to be watered about once a week in the summer. Lawns can go two weeks without water after a heavy rain.
  • Make sure sprinklers-if you must use them-are aimed at grass and plants, not on pavement or houses.
  • Don't use outside water toys that require a constant flow of water.
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