Ways to Save
There are many places and spaces to save water. Below are just a few tips to encourage water efficiency in and outside the home. If you want to get an idea of how much water you use each day, take this home use survey.
About 75 percent of indoor water use is in the bathroom. We all know that we can save about two gallons of water by turning off the water while brushing our teeth, but check out some other water wise tips that include retrofitting.
- Install a low-flow shower head. This can reduce water use in the shower by up to 50 percent.
- Take a 10 minute shower instead of a bath to save water.
- Toilets manufactured before 1992 use between 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. A displacement device can save up to 20 percent of water used.
- Use the sink stopper when shaving, instead of letting the water run.
- Install faucet aerators to cut water consumption.
- When cleaning fruits and vegetables, fill the sink with water and rinse. Don’t let water run.
- Run the dishwasher only with a full load.
- Scrape rather than rinse food off dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.
- When washing dishes by hand, use one sink for washing and the other for rinsing.
- Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator. Don’t run water until it is cold enough to drink.
- When doing laundry, wash only full loads. Match the load size to the water need.
- When replacing washing machines or dryers, opt for energy conserving models which give water and energy savings.
Studies show that leaking faucets and toilets account for as much as 14 percent of indoor water use, wasting up to 170 gallons of water each day. What can you do?
- Check all water connections for leaks. To check for toilet leaks, put a few drops of dye in the tank, and wait about 15 minutes without flushing. If the dye shows up in the bowl, your fixture needs adjustment or repair. Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper.
- Check for leaks in the underground pipe by turning off all faucets, then look at your water meter. If it’s running, you probably have a leak.
- Does your sink, bathtub or kitchen faucet have a slow drip? These can usually be repaired by replacing the washer, valve or rubber O-ring.
- Want to see how much water is wasted with a leak, use this drip calculator.
Report Water Waste
Fort Worth has year-round watering restrictions which include a no more than twice a week irrigation schedule. Please report water waste online or use the MyFtWorth app for smartphones. Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions.