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Did you know that residences use the most water for flushing toilets? Each person flushes 18.5 gallons per day!* Toilets, showers, and faucets represent more than 70% of indoor water use.

You can lower your water use in the bathroom by following these easy tips:

  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets. Slow leaks, such as a dripping faucet, can generate 15 to 20 gallons (57 to 76 liters) of wastewater per day.*

  • Use "low flow" fixtures on faucets and shower heads (available at most hardware stores)
    • Faucet insert: slows water flow
    • Faucet aerator: adds air to spread water flow
    • Reduced flow faucet: faucet built for low water flow
    • Mixing valves: one fixture that regulates hot and cold water

  • Take shorter showers.

  • Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving. Fill your sink halfway with water to rinse your razor.
Flush only bodily wastes and toilet paper down the toilet. Products labeled as "flushable" may not be suitable for a septic system.

Helpful tips to save water in the kitchen:

  • Run only full loads in the dishwasher
  • Don't run the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time
  • Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water until it gets cold
  • Don't run the water while washing dishes
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables through a colander into a bowl, then use leftover water to water your houseplants
  • Keep faucets tightly closed
  • Use 'low flow' fixtures on faucets
  • Fix leaky faucets

Helpful tips to save water in the laundry room:

  • Use the load size setting and proper water temperature
  • Run full loads in the washing machine
  • Don't run the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time
  • Consider a water efficient washing machine

Powder or liquid laundry detergent?

Current research indicates it doesn't matter whether you use powder or liquid. What does matter are 1) how much detergent you use per load, and 2) how often you wash clothes or dishes.

An important way to maintain your system is to wash loads over several days. Remember, systems work best when wastewater has time to separate and bacteria have time to break down organic matter. Too much water going into the system too often prevents this from taking place.


Learn more about indoor water use, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)