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Tips for Saving Water at Home
Massacusetts Water Resources Authority

 

 

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In 1986, MWRA customers used a total of 330 million gallons of water per day.

Thanks to every-day water conservation efforts, demand has been reduced to 220 million gallons per day (in 2007). Saving water keeps supplies level and has helped residents control their water, sewer and energy costs.

Below are some easy ways to save water at home.



IN THE BATHROOM

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving: save 4-10 gallons a day.

Never use your toilet as a wastebasket: save 3-7 gallons per flush.

Don't take marathon showers: five minutes will get you clean. Save 3-7 gallons per shower.

Close your tub drain before turning on the water: save 3 gallons or more.

Fill your bathtub only halfway: save 5 gallons or more. You will save hot water costs, too.

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HOW TO FIND AND FIX LEAKS

Faucets and Showerheads

Dripping, trickling, or oozing faucets and showerheads can waste from 75 to several hundred gallons of water a week depending on the size of the drip. Worn-out washers are the main cause of these leaks and a new one generally costs about 25 cents.

Faucets typically use 2 to 7 gallons per minute. Installing a low-flow faucet aerator can reduce the flow by as much as 25% or up to a gallon and a half per minute. Be sure to remove your aerator periodically to clean the particles that may have collected in the screen.

A Simple Test for Leaks

A leaky faucet is pretty obvious. But hidden leaks in the toilet, under the sink, or behind a washing machine can waste a gigantic amount of water. And they could be damaging your floors or ceilings too. Take a reading of your water meter. Wait an hour, making sure no one uses any water in your home. Check it again. If the reading has changed, you have got at least one leak and you need to investigate.

Toilets

That trickling sound you hear in the bathroom could be a leaky toilet wasting 50 gallons of water a day or more. But sometimes it leaks silently. Try this:

Crush a dye tablet in its envelope and carefully empty the contents into the center of the toilet tank and allow it to dissolve. Wait about 8-9 minutes. Inspect the toilet bowl for signs of blue dye indicating a leak.

If the dye has appeared in the bowl, your flapper or flush valve may need to be replaced. Parts are inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. If no dye has appeared in the 8 to 9 minutes time, you probably don't have a leak.

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FREE WATER SAVING DEVICES FOR MWRA CUSTOMERS

FREE RETROFIT KITS

If you live in an MWRA customer community, you may be eligible to receive free water-efficiency kits. Kits can include showerheads, aerators, toilet tank dams and leak-detecting dye tabs. The contents of the kits may vary. Kits are available while supplies last.

Water service providers (e.g., DPWs) within the MWRA service area may request up to 50 kits for distribution to local residents and businesses.

Please download our request form for more info.

FREE INFORMATION ON SAVING WATER FOR MWRA SERVICE COMMUNITIES, HOUSING AUTHORITIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

Water service providers within MWRA's service area, you may be eligible to receive free water-efficiency literature and bill inserts. Please download our request form for more info.

To receive a kit:

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Updated April 24, 2008