Tips for Saving Water at Home
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 less than 200 million gallons per day (last five-years average).
Saving water keeps supplies level and has helped residents control their water, sewer and energy costs.
IN THE BATHROOM
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving: save 1-2 gallons per minute.
Never use your toilet as a wastebasket: save 1-7 gallons per flush.
Don't take marathon showers: five minutes will get you clean. Save 2-4 gallons per minute.
Fill your bathtub only halfway: save 5 gallons or more. You will save hot water costs, too.
Faucets typically use 2 to 7 gallons per minute. Installing a low-flow (1.5-gallon per minute) faucet aerator can reduce the flow significantly. Be sure to remove your aerator periodically to clean the particles that may have collected in the screen.
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 10 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 10 minutes time, you probably don't have a leak.
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
To receive a kit:
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Updated March 18, 2014