Westchester County

Tips to Reduce Your Water Use

Tips to Reduce Your Water Use

Following these simple suggestions can help save many gallons of water a day.

  • Repair any leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons per day.
  • Don't run the tap while shaving, brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Faucets use 2 to 3 gallons a minute.
  • Take shorter showers and save 5 to 7 gallons. Fill the bathtub only halfway and save up to 11 gallons.
  • Wash clothing in full loads only, saving 16 to 25 gallons.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full. Use the short cycle and save 11 gallons.
  • Install water-saving showerheads, faucets and toilet kits.
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks by sprinkling a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Color seeping into the bowl without flushing indicates that the flapper is hanging up or in need of replacement. If this happens, you may wish to contact a plumber to repair the leak as soon as possible. 
  • Don't let the tap run for cold water. Keep a container in the refrigerator. 
  • Outdoors. If you have to water, limit watering to early morning hours when cooler temperatures won't cause quick evaporation and water waste.
  • Don't hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris. 
  • Connect a shut-off nozzle to your hose so water flows only when needed. When finished, turn it off at the faucet to avoid leaks