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20 Ways to Conserve Water

Updated on October 13, 2011

Conserve Water for our Future with these Easy Tips

The water on this planet is a finite source that we all need to conserve. Sure, most of the earth's surface is made of water, but only a small percentage is suitable for human consumption. Most of the United States will face some sort of water shortage in the next few years, and California could have a major drought in the next 20 years. This is a serious problem that everyone should take seriously, just like global warming.

To make sure we have enough water for our future, everyone needs to cut back on their water consumption and conserve. The ways to conserve are very simple. Here you'll find 20 ways that you can conserve water in your life, at home, the office, and everywhere in your life.

Ways you can Conserve Water

Save this valuable resource for future generations!

Most households use around 350 gallons of water per day, but there are easy steps to lessen this amount!

1. Switch to Energy Star rated washing machines. Older washing machines can waste hundreds of dollars per year, while Energy Star rated machines have many energy and water saving options.

2. Use cold water for some washes. This will cut down on energy use and make your clothing last longer, which in turn, will lead to less washes.

3. Inspect and replace dripping laundry pipes. These add up!

4. Switch to filtered tap water. One gallon of spring water (or bottled water of any kind) uses much more than just the water in the bottle. Energy and water is used to transport the water, make the bottle, and run the equipment. Buy your own filter and place it on the tap, or place a water filter in your fridge.

5. If you wash dishes by hand, fill the basin with water to wash your dishes. Wash all of the dishes in the basin, then rinse all of the clean dishes. This wil cut down on water since you won't be running it the entire time while washing the dishes.

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6. Everyone has heard this one...

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth! This will, on the average, save 3 gallons of water for each time you brush. Use this same piece of advice for shaving and anything else you do by the sink.

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7. When waiting for your hot water to heat up in the shower, place a bucket at the bottom of the tub to catch the wasted water. Use this for houseplants and outdoor plants.

8. Check the kitchen sink for leaks. It's not uncommon for kitchen sinks to leak hundreds of gallons per month. a> to save these valuable gallons of clean water.

9. Check all toilets for leakage. The back of the tank of toilets are another common place to find leaks. It's a simple task that might not take much time at all, and you can do it yourself.

10. Switch to a low flow shower head. This another easy fix.

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11. Switch to a Low Flow Toilet.

Sounds like a lot of work, but it can save 20,000 gallons per year! Consider recycling your toilet, too.

12. Capture your Shower Water and Use it for Toilet Water - Save an enormous amount of water!

More Water Conservation Tips

Tips to help reduce your water bill and your personal impact on the environment!

13. Consider upgrading to a dishwasher. Energy Star rated dishwashers are much cleaner and more efficient than hand washing.

14. Don't run the dishwasher or washing machine unless it's a full load! Get the most out of that water by making sure you really have a full load.

15. Water your grass/plants in the morning so the water doesn't evaporate right away.

16. Don't flush the toilet every time you pee. Some people have a phobia about this, but the toilet is the #1 culprit of water waste in the home.

17. Limit your shower time -- and your kids. Limiting your kids (and you) to ten minutes instead of 30 minutes will drastically slash your water bill.

18. Reconsider installing that new pool. On the average, pools use 18,000 - 20,000 gallons to fill it. Warm weather can evaporate several inches of water in dry climates each day, resulting in hundreds of lost gallons! Make sure your pool is completely sealed off and free of cracks and leaks to save this valuable water.

19. Calculate your water footprint to see how much water you waste. These results might get you motivated!

20. Don't use soaps that take extra water to rinse off. These chemical agents can be harmful to the human body. Opt for more earth friendly hand soap, organic shower gel, cleaners and detergents.

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    • rangiiria profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens! It is important to conserve water - there are news reports that there are water shortages in some parts of the world.

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      7 years ago

      Very informative- some water saving tips I had never thought about.

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      Alloit com 

      7 years ago

      loved reading this article!

    • tcorbs profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm using some of these water saving ideas, but there's always room for improvement. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      good ideas on water conservation

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you. It would be fantastic if more people were water-wise... information like this will go a long way to educating the public.

    • ellagis profile image


      7 years ago

      clear suggestions... I apprecciated them!

    • bames24 lm profile image

      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens... there are so many people who take water for granted while so many have to travel so far just to get some to drink...

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      7 years ago

      An excellent lens full of good ideas for helping us conserve such a precious commodity. Let's remember just how fortunate we are in the developed world to have a choice when it comes to saving water - many in the world aren't so lucky.

    • hsschulte profile image


      7 years ago

      Bless and thank you for a wonderful lens.

    • MamaRuth profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the good ideas! Many of us tend to not worry enough about conserving water because it is still plentiful in our area. Thank you for the reminders about this.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great job with this lens. I'm trying to be more green and these are definitely great tips. My husband and I just got new energy star appliances as well and try to keep our water usage to a minimum.

    • admiralglass lm profile image

      admiralglass lm 

      8 years ago

      Another great lens of yours, you can also put a house brick in your toilet system this will also save water every time you flush.

    • howdoyouspellst profile image


      8 years ago

      These are some great easy tips for saving water! We have a well, so it's not a huge issue for us, but there's no use using more than necessary! Thanks for a great lens.

    • unique freak77 profile image

      unique freak77 

      8 years ago

      I love this lens! I already try to do some of these things, but I never even thought of catching the cold water in a bucket! :)

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      Moe Wood 

      8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I try to catch extra kitchen water. IF I'm running to heat water or cold water I'll catch excess in a pot and water the plants on my door step. I don't empty the kettle after every use. The water gets boiled so there's no harm. When I am ready to change it I water the plants by my backdoor who always appreciate the extra water (it's a scorcher there).

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      8 years ago

      @greenerme: wonderful

    • Mayapearl profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you for your great lens.

      I live in a country [Australia] where we often have water restrictions due to low level rainfall on our dams, we had to learn to use a lot less and to implement all the water savings tricks at our disposal. Even so we could still do a lot more!

      5* for a great lens!

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      9 years ago

      I believe it military-style showers. Conserving water is vital worldwide.

      - Maurizio Maranghi -

    • JoDeeVale profile image


      9 years ago

      Love your lens! I give it 5 stars!! Woo Hoo! And, I just featured it here:

      Your contribution to water conservation is making a difference!


    • squid-janices7 profile image


      9 years ago

      Great tips! I need to convince my neighbors to stop watering their lawn at 2 in the afternoon - such a waste of water. 5*

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      My kids need to read this lens. They get in the shower and stand there forever.

      Great information

      Thanks for sharing


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      9 years ago

      This is a great source of information. I am going to calculate my water footprint this week and try to find more ways to cut back. Thanks a lot!


    • Mortira profile image


      9 years ago

      Great tips! My husband doesn't understand water conservation, but he turns of the tap when shaving because if he doesn't I yell at him. Whatever works!

      I've rolled this to some of my green lenses! * * * * *

    • MoniqueNelson1 profile image


      9 years ago

      These are all great tips, and reasonable too! I am passionate about the environment, and water is one of my key focuses. One of the things you don't mention in your lens is water conservation for pool owners. A lot of people own pools and just watch their water bills skyrocket without having any idea of how to slow down their usage. If you are interested in learning more, check out my lens: I can't wait to check out more of your work!

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      Paula Atwell 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Excellent lens. And conserving water will save money and water. Welcome to Living the Green Organic Lifestyle.

    • GypsyLyric LM profile image

      GypsyLyric LM 

      10 years ago

      I try to do as much as I can to not waste water - and now I have a few more tips to try. Thanks!

    • greenerme profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks for that extra tip, Rinchen!

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      10 years ago

      I used to work for Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder, CO doing irrigation audits. People should also have their sprinkler systems checked and maintained! Thanks for this great lens and welcome to Activists Sound Off Group.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Great tips!

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      10 years ago

      Another terrific lens with great tips and information! We use energy efficient taps in bathroom and kitchen, we don't buy bottled water, we use our tap water, we got rid of the dishwasher when we bought our house (it's just the two of us), our clothes washer is energy and water efficient and I only use cold water, and we put on a timer on our hot water tank, to name just a few things. We aren't perfect, but we do try very hard to limit our footprints on this earth. - Kathy

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      This is so important, there are places where they don't have decent water at all and we waste so much. I know people who do it on purpose! Ugh! *****


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