Gateway to the Lake Wobegon Trail

Indoor Water Conservation Checklist

Free and Easy Ideas


  • Don't leave the faucet running while you rinse or wash dishes.  Limit the use of the garbage disposal.
  • Scrape food from dishes first, then rinse only as much as needed.  Rinsing in a second sink or tub uses less water than rinsing under a faucet.
  • Operate the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded.  Each dishwasher cycle uses 9-25 gallons of water, depending on the model.
  • Keep a water bottle in the refrigerator for drinking instead of running tap water until cold.


  • Toilets use 27% of average indoor household water.  Don't use toilets as waste baskets.  Repair toilet leaks asap.
  • Showers use 17% of indoor water.  Take shorter showers, five minutes or less.  Turn shower water off except to wet before soaping, then again for rinsing.  Cut down on bathtub use or fill the bathtub to a lower level.
  • Capture the initial cold water in a bucket to water potted plants.  Turn it all the way to hot until you get the temperature you want to decrease the wait.
  • Faucits use 16% of indoor water.  Only run water when actually using it.  Use low-flow showerheads and aerators.
  • Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving can save more than 200 gallons of water each month.
  • Rinse your razor in a partially filled sink instead of running the water.


  • Clothes washers consume 22% of indoor water.  Wash only full loads of laundry.  Each washing cycle uses 20-40 gallons of water, depending on the model of the machine.

source:  California Water Journal

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