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.