Conservation Tips from the Fema website www.fema.gov
• Never pour water down the
drain when there may be another usefor it. Use it to water your indoor plants
• Repair dripping faucets by
replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!
• Check all plumbing for leaks.
Have leaks repaired by a plumber.
• Retrofit all household faucets
by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
• Install an instant hot water
heater on your sink.
• Insulate your water pipes to
reduce heat loss and prevent them from breaking.
• Choose appliances that are
more energy and water efficient.
• Consider purchasing a
low-volume toilet that uses less than half the water of older models. Note: In
many areas, low-volume units are required by law.
• Install a toilet displacement
device to cut down on the amount of water needed to flush. Place a one-gallon
plastic jug of water into the tank to displace
toilet flow (do not use a brick, it may dissolve and loose pieces may
cause damage to the internal parts). Be sure installation does not interfere
• Replace your showerhead with
an ultra-low-flow version.
• Place a bucket in the shower
to catch excess water for watering plants.
• Avoid flushing the toilet
unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the
trash rather than the toilet.
• Avoid taking baths—take short
showers—turn on water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.
• Avoid letting the water run while
brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
• Operate automatic dishwashers
only when they are fully loaded. Use the “light wash” feature, if available, to
use less water.
• Hand wash dishes by filling
two containers—one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a
small amount of chlorine bleach.
• Clean vegetables in a pan
filled with water rather than running water from the tap.
• Start a compost pile as an
alternate method of disposing of food waste or simply dispose of food in the
garbage. (Kitchen sink disposals require a lot of water to operate properly).
• Store drinking water in the
refrigerator. Do not let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.
• Avoid wasting water waiting
for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it
on the stove.
• Avoid rinsing dishes before
placing them in the dishwasher; just remove large particles of food. (Most
dishwashers can clean soiled dishes very well, so dishes do not have to be
rinsed before washing)
• Avoid using running water to
thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or
use the defrost setting on your microwave oven.
• Operate automatic clothes
washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of