Conservation Tips

Water is a precious resource. It’s important for all of us to save water throughout the year, but especially during dry spells.

In the bathroom:

  • Over ¾ of the water used indoors is used in the bathroom – conservation efforts here can make a big difference!
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Repair leaking faucets and toilets.
  • Install low-flow aerators and showerheads.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can – avoid unnecessary flushes

In the laundry:

  • Run washing machines only when full.
  • Allow heavily soiled clothes to soak in the washing machine to avoid multiple washes.

In the kitchen:

  • Install a faucet aerator.
  • Refrigerate a bottle ofdrinking water rather than running the water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Use a dishpan or fill up the sink for washing and rinsing dishes.
  • Throw food waste into the trash, not the sink’s garbage disposal.

Winter Water Conservation Tip:

  • Winterize outdoor spigots to avoid pipes bursting from freezing

Conservation Information

  • A leaking water fixture can waste 200 gallons each day. Low-flow showerheads use 40% to 50% less water than conventional fixtures.
  • Use a toilet tank dye tablet to discover silent and costly tank leaks. Fix the leak or install a low-flow toilet to save 20% to 50% of water used by conventional methods.
  • In-sink garbage disposals use a great deal of water and add unnecessary solids to the sewer or septic system. Vegetable waste can be added to a compost pile to benefit your garden.
  • A short shower saves 5 to 7 gallons per minute and uses 1/3 the amount of water a bath takes. Filling the bathtub halfway saves 10 to 15 gallons.


For more information, please call the Montgomery County Health Department
(610) 678-5117