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Reduce your water waste today with these 7 tips


The average American family uses a whopping 400 gallons of water per day, 70 percent of which stems from indoor use. Water might be a renewable resource, but fresh water supplies are still scarce enough that streamlining daily H20 waste habits is an essential element of any action plan to create a more sustainable lifestyle. The good news is that it's easier to trim down your everyday aquatic consumption than you might expect.

Here are some simple tips for reducing your daily water use!

Kitchen efficiency

It might seem like a no-brainer, but washing dishes with the tap left open can lead to tons of water waste. Filling a pluggable sink for those scrub sessions can be a great way to reduce your use by a few gallons a day. You can also consider using your cooking water for a second purpose by draining boiling water into a pot and letting it cool before reusing it to water your houseplants, filling the toilet basin, or even topping off the sink side to suds up the same dish after you're finished.

Fill 'er up

Make sure your dishwasher and laundry machines are actually full before you run the loads. It might be tempting to push "go" before they're really at capacity to get the job done right away, but your water bill (and planet) will thank you for waiting for the whole load to begin the rinse cycles.

Common sense conservation

If you're already turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face, you get an A-plus and a gold star today. But for those who've left the water running while completing your hygiene routine, give the spout a nudge next time to stop the excess drippage.

Ditching those water detergents

Using our Dropps pacs technology, which contain a much smaller percentage of liquid than other detergent brands, the carbon footprint reduction is automatic. They're lighter, thus reducing the weight and energy of transportation, and they're also more efficient and friendly to water-dwelling species in runoff.

Mellow yellow

Switching to a WaterSense-labeled toilet can reduce the flush factor by up to 60 percent, as these efficient potties use just 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to the older models which can use up to four times as much. For those who really want to dial down the water meter, though, there's always the option of letting those number ones slide without a flush every now and then, too.

Leak control

Maintaining your home's plumbing is essential to reducing water waste. The EPA estimates that a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day, so if you detect a drip, take action and get it remedied immediately.

Shorter showers

Sure, shower time can be enjoyable and refreshing after a hard day at work or an intense exercise regimen, but keep a timer nearby to find out exactly how many minutes you're spending under the spout and see if you can't comfortable cut some of that time out.

Do you have any other tips that we should add to this list? Drop a note in the comments!


  • Because it takes quite a while for my faucets to bring up hot water, I keep a large container in the bathtub to fill while “coaxing” the hot water to the spout. Then I use that captured water to flush my toilet.

    Monica McKey
  • I love the info and the soap, my clothes smell fresh and I like that the detergent is safe for the environment Thanks

    Christine J Ahrendt
  • Whatever water is left in my drinking glass at the end of the evening and again in the morning goes on my plants rather than down the drain. I figure it’s also gotten close to room temperature so better for the plant.

  • Great water saving tips! Here is similar approach to “Filling a pluggable sink for those scrub sessions can be a great way to reduce your use by a few gallons a day” —> be sure your dishes, pots, pans and other things with food on them are in the bottom of the sink while you wash your “wash by hand” items. This way the dishes on the bottom of the sink are already pre-rinsed for the dishwasher or get filled for soaking while you hand wash dishes.

    Same for rinsing recyclables — put them in the sink under where you’re handwashing dishes. This way you don’t have to run fresh tap water to rinse recyclables.

    Makes sense?

  • I don’t believe that 400 gallon a day number. I live off a 2000 gallon cistern with a wife and 2, sometimes 4 kids. Your number would have me ordering water every week. I don’t know how much we use, but nowhere near 400/day.


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