It rains so often in south Puget Sound that it is hard to believe we need to conserve water, but we do! Our drinking water comes from groundwater, and we are not the only ones who depend on it. Groundwater also feeds our lakes, streams, and rivers. So the more water we take out of the ground for our uses, the less there is to support salmon and other wildlife in our local waters. Conservation also helps to delay the need to build new wastewater treatment capacity. The less water you use, the less goes down the drain to the treatment plant.
Tips for Saving Water at Home:
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
- Turn off the water while soaping your hands or brushing your teeth. You could save up to 4 gallons a minute.
- Shorten your showers. A 20 minute shower uses 50 gallons of water, and a 5 minute shower only uses 12.5 gallons.
- Take short showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
- Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators. If you are a LOTT sewer customer, you can get a free water-saving kit from your city utility representative.
- Install high-efficiency toilets, washing machines, and other appliances. LOTT offers toilet and washing machine rebates for sewer customers.
- Run only full loads of dishes or laundry.
- Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Check your toilet for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
There are lots of other ways to save water! See more resources here.