How To Save Thousands Of Gallons Of Water Per Month

by Owner on May 11, 2009

I found a great chart over at about how simply changing some water use behavior can save enormous amounts of water (and money!) Saving water is one of the greenest things you can do, since excessive water use depletes fragile lake and river ecosystems.

The chart highlights how small changes in behavior can translate into huge gains for the environment and your wallet.

Indoor Living
If You….. You Could Save….
Fix leaky faucets and toilets 20-50 gallons / day / fixture
Install aerators on all faucets 4.7 gallons / day / faucet
Run only full loads in your clothes and dish washers 300-800 gallons / month
Keep showers to less than 10 minutes 700 gallons / month
Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving 240 gallons / month
Don’t use toilet as a trash can 400-600 gallons / month
Replace old toilet with more efficient toilet 2.2-3.8 gallon / flush
Replace clothes washer with efficient appliance 20-30 gallons / load
Replace old showerhead with one that uses 2.5 gallons per minute 1000s of gallons / month
When hand washing dishes, fill sink, don’t leave water running 2.5 gallons / minute
Outside landscaping
If You….. You Could Save….
While hand watering, focus on dry spots, pay attention to avoid runoff 750-1500 gallons / month
Reduce irrigation cycles by 1-3 minutes 15-25 gallons / minute
Irrigate your landscapes only in the early morning hours (5 a.m.) 20-25 gallons / day
Adjust irrigation timer valve, run times seasonally 250 gallons / cycle
Adjust sprinklers to avoid unnecessary over spray 500 gallons / month
Fix leaky and broken sprinkler heads 20 gallons / day
Replace spray head nozzles with rotator nozzles 1200 gallons / year / nozzle
Use drips or bubblers to irrigate your flower and shrub beds 20-25 gallons / day
Use irrigation controller with rain sensor 40 gallons / day
Replace part of lawn with low water plants 1000-1800 gallons / month
Put 2-4 inches of mulch around bushes, trees and shrubs 20-30 gallons / day / 1000 ft2
Outdoor Cleaning
If You….. You Could Save….
Clean sidewalks and driveways with broom rather than hose 8-18 gallons / minute
Take car to car wash or at least use a self-closing hose nozzle 8-18 gallons / minute
Use pool and spa covers 30 gallons / day
Repair leaks around hose bibs, spigots, pool and spa pumps 15-20 gallons / day / leak
Clean pool filter manually rather than back wash 250-1000 gallons / cleaning


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