Your Questions About Water Conservation Tips

Charles asks…

Easy water conservation tips?

Any easy water conservation tips for a single family home? We are doing this for environmental purposes but this will also help financially.

We live in Northern Virginia so its winter now, not sure if I can do less or more.

Thanks in advance to everyone!
Wow…everyone. Thanks! Keep the tips coming! I read every single one!

admin answers:

Things you can do right now:
When washing clothes, wash full loads.
The same thing with dishes. Whether by hand or in a dishwasher, wash full loads, not a lot of little ones.
Don’t let the water run when you are brushing your teeth.
Take showers as quickly as possible

(this next one is one that is just too gross for me to do but it does get suggested) don’t flush the toilet each time you use it. Or flush the solids each time but save the liquids for once a day. (eeewww, sorry I just can’t do that one, but some people have a higher squick factor than I do)

if you don’t already have a low flush toilet, change your toilets out to them OR if that isn’t possible right now–fill-up a gallon or 1/2 gallon jug with pebbles or aquarium stones and place it in the flush tank. This will displace some of the water that goes into and out of the tank and you won’t use so much water when you flush.

Make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets and get them repaired ASAP. If you have a toilet that runs constantly get it repaired. Learn how to do minor plumbing repairs yourself to save on the expense.

When the weather warms up. Gradually switch your landscaping over to native plants or similar compatible plants. These plants will be acclimated to the local rainfall and won’t need extra watering if you are not in a drought situation.

George asks…


I have to give a memorized speech about water conservation tomorrow at school. I really need some tips and statistics and facts and anything else you have. Thank you sooooo much for any information you might have. I am desperate!!!

admin answers:

See the following sites for information

Tip of the day:
Don’t procrastinate on research for school Projects

Sharon asks…

What are 10 water conservation tips?

admin answers:

– When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
– Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
– Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
– Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
– Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
– Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
– Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
– Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
– Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
– Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
– Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
– Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
– If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
– Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.

There are another 85-86 at this site: Water, Use It Wisely
100 Ways To Conserve

Maria asks…

conservation tips on recreational water usage?

admin answers:

We have a small (10′ x 3′) soft sided pool that has an outlet valve which hooks up to a regular garden hose. Since the pool needs to be cleaned out every few days to prevent the water from getting algae and mosquito-infested, we hook up the hose and let the water drain out into our vegetable gardens. This way we get fun out of the water, and get our gardens watered, from the same water dollar.

Carol asks…

Water conservation, how can we make a difference?

How can we save water?

What are your tips and ideas?

What can the government do??

Are you all for drinking sewage, or what other inventive things can you think of?

admin answers:

I’m not for drinking sewage directly, but if it is properly filtered it can quickly and easily be added back into the regular water supplies. Raw dumping that some places do is an awful idea.

As for tips, you can buy a toilet now that has 2 flush tanks, one for pee, one for poop. The flush for pee uses less water than the flush for pee. This will eliminate most of the wasted water in your house. Think about how many times you flush, and how much water goes down the drain. A 2 tank system works best.

Otherwise you can put small bottles in the tank to make it lower-flow if it’s an older toilet and you’re not going to replace it anytime soon.

Also, one great concept is rain barrels. You put the part where your gutters empty the water from your roof into them, and they fill up. Then you can use that water to water your garden, even your law. Best of all, the water is free, 100% free.

Oh and you can get shower heads that use less water, but I have no clue where to buy those.

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