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Home Water Conservation Made Easy

So many countries are experiencing drought, including Canada’s neighbour to the south, that it makes one consider what they can do in their own home to conserve water. Here are some easy ways to save this precious resource that can easily be incorporated into any lifestyle:

1. Check faucets for leaks

That little drip can actually waste 100 gallons of water a day! Replacing an old, worn out washer can save all of that water.

2. Get a home water cooler

This is a great water saver that goes in line with number two, as well as being a healthier option than tap water. This ensures that cold, crisp water is always on hand without ever having to even turn on the faucet. It also provides daily access to life-giving spring water.

3. Make sure the dishwasher and washing machine run only when full

Although the dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing in the sink, almost 22% of all indoor home water use comes from doing laundry.

4. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush

All anyone needs is a splash to wet the bristles. Having a cup beside the sink that is filled with just a few inches of water can be used for rinsing the brush instead of running the faucet.

5. Take shorter showers

No surprise here. A five-minute shower alone uses between 10 and 25 gallons of water. Imagine how much water is used during a twenty-minute shower!

6. Use buckets to wash and rinse the car

Instead of running the hose, put water with the cleaning solution into one bucks for washing and clear water into another bucket for rinsing.

7. Hand wash dishes in a basin of water

As with the car, fill up and use one basin for washing and another for rinsing.

8. Rinse a razor in a few inches of water in the sink

Doing this instead of underneath running water means a savings of almost 300 gallons of water a month.

9. Install a High-Efficiency Toilet (HET)

Any sort of system that can regulate the flow of water in the toilet is helpful, but this can save 45 gallons of water a day and 23,000 gallons a year.


These are just a few tips to save water at home. Families and individuals should come up with their own ideas that work with their specific lifestyles, because the most important thing is finding methods to conserve water that are comfortable and sustainable.