The American Water Works Association
(AWWA) recommends the following tips to help conserve water:
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or microwave instead of running water over it.
- Don't over-water your lawn. Only water every 3-5 days in the summer and 10-14 days in the winter.
- If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90%.
- Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.
- Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year; leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
- To prevent water loss from evaporation, don't water your lawn during the hottest part of the day or when it is windy.
- Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
- When washing dishes by hand, use two basins - one for washing and one for rinsing - instead of letting the water run.