Water Conservation in Daily Life

23 September 2012

The following tips will be really helpful if you pay for your own water, or if you are just earth conscious.

The Bathroom Tap:

  • Do not leave the tap water running while brushing your teeth.
  • When washing your hands, turn the water off while lathering. 20 seconds of water going down the drain is a waste.

The Shower/Bath:

  • Turn the water off in the shower while lathering up your body and hair.
  • Most people do not need to wash their hair every day, this saves on shower time.
  • If taking a bubble bath: make it for two. Share the bath with your loved one, or trade out halfway through bath time.
  • Take cold, or lukewarm showers. Your shower will probably be shorter!
  • Turn the water off when shaving in the shower, or shave before shower.

The Toilet:

  • Put a bottle full of water in your toilet to reduce the amount of water necessary for each flush.
  • Consider just flushing for number 2, not number 1.

The Kitchen:

  • When washing dishes, don't just have the tap running constantly to rinse them off. Partially fill the second sink with rinsing water.
  • Consider putting your dishwasher on the water economy setting.
  • Use dishes more than once between washes. Works well for cups and saucers.
  • Eat without dishes. This is a controversial one in my household, but I hate to dirty a dish when eating finger food.
  • Don't let the water run just to get a glass of cold water. Either a) use ice cubes, or b) keep a jug of water in the fridge.


  • Only water your lawn at dusk or night, to minimize evaporation and increase absorption.
  • When washing your car use a bucket and cloth, do not a hose.
  • When having a water fight use water balloons, not hoses.
  • When disposing of dirty water that is chemical free, consider using that to water your lawn or plants (example: kiddy pool water, old tea, etc).

Do you have any great suggestions for conserving water in your daily household routine?

1 comment

  • UncleStuart
    You can plug the drain. It takes only a few minutes to overflow. Once it gets close to the top, shower's over.

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