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Home Water Conservation 

Each New Yorker uses as much as 100 gallons of water a day, and most of us have never seen the amazing system of reservoirs, aqueducts, and tunnels that bring it to our sinks. Conserving water now ensures water for future generations, and reduces your water and sewage utility expenses.

Check for water leaks. Check your water meter while no water is being used. If the dials are moving, then you have a water leak. Test for a leaking toilet by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If color appears in the toilet bowl after a few minutes, your toilet is leaking. Leaking toilets can waste 200 gallons of water a day.

Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures including low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators. If you can’t install a low-flow toilet, put two half-gallon plastic bottles filled with water in your toilet tank. This saves one gallon of water each time you flush.

A dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand, but you should run the dishwasher only when it is full. This can save up to 20 gallons of water each time the dishwasher is run.

If you wash dishes by hand, fill the sink or a dishpan with water, rather than running the water continuously. You will save several gallons of water per minute.

Fill the sink or a pan with clean water to wash vegetables or defrost frozen foods, instead of using continuous running water.

Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth or shave.

Run the clothes washer only when full. Or, use the water level control to select the appropriate amount of water for each washer load.

Water lawns and gardens during the coolest part of the day, usually early in the morning or just before dark. Use drip irrigation, like a soaker hose, to apply water slowly exactly where it is needed. Invest in a timer to control sprinklers.

Use a bucket of water and a spray head on the hose to wash your car. A running hose wastes more than 100 gallons of water in the time it takes to wash the car.

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