Household Tips and Tricks to Assist in Water Conservation

By Amber Capps - amberc@landings.org
Public Works Office Manager

Irrigation is the main source of water usage on the island, accounting for approximately 50 percent of your total water bill. While irrigation is the primary source of water usage outside your home, your toilet uses the most water inside of the home.

The use of toilets account for approximately 30 percent of the average home’s indoor water consumption! Another close runner-up in water consumption inside the home is showering, which amounts to nearly 17 percent of indoor residential water use.

The takeaway here is not to stop flushing your toilets or taking showers; please continue to do both! Rather, we’d like to provide you with some simple tips to assist you in reducing your water consumption, which ultimately can aid in lowering your water bill…something that we can all get behind!

  • Replace old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense label models. The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information. Making this change could reduce water usage for toilets by 20 to 60 percent, which is nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year!
  • Fix leaky faucets as soon as you notice them. A leak of 60 drips per minute wastes 192 gallons of water a month.
  • Sweep your driveways, decks, porches, and steps rather than hosing them off. When you do need to use a hose, check for leaks at your spigot connection and tighten as necessary. Also, remember to turn your hoses off. A hose left on can easily lose 300 gallons of water per hour!
  • Inspect your irrigation system on a regular basis to check for leaks and broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Make repairs to your sprinkler heads that are either broken or spraying on the street or driveway. Upwards of 40 to 50 percent of water is wasted due to inefficiencies related to irrigation methods and systems.
  • Consider replacing any other old equipment in your home which uses water -- dishwashers, washing machine, and garbage disposals.

If you have any questions about your water bill, call Utilities, Inc’s customer service department (1-888-527-9707). If you would like more information on ways to conserve water, please email Utilities, Inc.’s Water Conservation Coordinator, Lee Maine (blmaine@uiwater.com).