"Drip. Drip. Drip." Water is a precious resource - help the County not waste it! Every small water leak equals wasting almost 2,000 gallons of water annually. Whether on the job or at home, conserving water not only saves money; it also protects the environment. Behind the scenes, the County has installed a weather station at the GSA Service Building that ensures we only water when necessary, reducing water use by 15 percent (enough water to fill 125 average size swimming pools). Employees can do their part to save water by taking a moment to report leaks. Below are some other easy water and money saving tips that can make a big difference at home and the office.
Green Your Faucets and Showerheads
Instantly and inexpensively reduce your water use at home by installing low-flow faucets and showerheads. Any faucet can be modified to conserve water by
switching the aerator, the faucet's screw-on tip that determines how much water flows out. Aerators are inexpensive to replace, easy to install, and one of
the most cost-effective water conservation measures. For maximum water efficiency, install aerators with flow rates of less than 1.0 gallons per minute
Aerators that carry the WaterSense® label can reduce your household's water use by more than 500 gallons a year. For showerheads, choose low-flow models or those with flow constrictors. They are inexpensive and use 50 to 60 percent less water than regular shower heads (2.5 gpm compared to 5 to 7 gpm). Modify your faucets and showerheads, and watch the savings add up.
Fix that Leak
One of the easiest ways to save water and lower your water bill is by repairing leaky faucets and toilets. Even a small leak wastes thousands of liters of water over a year. At home, do a walk-through and look for any faucets, toilets, or fixtures that have leaks. It's easy to replace faucet washers yourself, or you can call a plumber for repairs.
When washing dishes, you can save anywhere from 200 to 500 gallons of water a month just by trying a few commonsense practices. First, when washing dishes by hand, use a stopper to fill your sink with sudsy water rather than letting the water run. Second, if you have a double sink, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water, so as not to run water while rinsing. Third, if using a dishwasher, don't rinse dishes before loading, and always make sure to use full loads. In this way, you will use less water, save detergent, and lower your water bill.
Take Shorter Showers
If you shorten each shower you take by a minute or two, you could save up to 150 gallons of water per month. Multiply that by the number of members in your family, and that's a lot of water. It is that simple. Try to keep each shower under 5 minutes, and limit baths, which use on average 70 gallons of water at a time.
Save Water. Save Energy.
One of the easiest ways to save water and lower your water bill is by repairing leaky faucets and toilets. Even a small leak wastes gallons of water. At work, encourage staff to report leaks, and then have the repairs done quickly. To make it easier for staff, post signs in kitchens and bathrooms that give maintenance or housekeeping contact information.