In The Bathroom

About 65% of our total indoor home  water use occurs in our bathrooms,  and toilets are the single greatest  water users.

Here are some small  and helpful changes for your bathroom habits:

  • The average 15-minute shower uses about 300 L of water. Cutting your shower time in half could save up to 300 bathtubs of water a year.
  • Shortening your shower by 1-2 minutes can save 150 gallons per month.
  • Installing a low-flow showerhead will conserve water by at least 25%, or 750 gallons per month.
  • Promptly repair any leaks in and around taps. One drop per second wastes approximately 10,000 liters a year. Most leaks are simple and inexpensive to fix.
  • Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, washing hands and hair will save up to 8 liters of water a minute.
  • When washing or shaving, partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously. This conserves about 60% of the water normally used.
  • Placing a weighted plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank will reduce water usage by about 20%. 
  • Toilet tank "inserts", available at most plumbing and hardware stores, are a low-cost alternative.
  • Installing low-flush toilets that use 6 liters or less per flush can reduce your water usage by 40% to 50%.
  • Check for leaks in your toilet tank fittings by putting a small amount of food coloring into the tank. Wait 15 minutes. If the color has spread to the bowl without flushing you have a leak that needs repairing.