Preparing for Drought in the Home

The following tips are ways you can help save water in various parts of your home.


There are several ways you can start to conserve water in your bathroom.

  • Switch to an ultra low-flow showerhead
  • Take shorter showers
    • Preferred under 5 minutes
  • Check for leaks in your pipes
    • Put food coloring in the tank and see if the bowl water changes colors. If it does, you have a leak.
  • If taking a bath, plug the drain before filling the tub. Don't let the water run until it is warm.
  • Turn off the water while you shave, brush your teeth, or lather up your hands while washing.
  • Limit how often you flush the toilet. 
  • Shower instead of a bathe. Showers uses 12-25 gallons of water while a bath uses 50-70 gallons. 


Follow these tips in the kitchen to save some water

  • If doing dishes by hand, fill up one side of the sink with soapy water and the other side with clean water to rinse instead of letting the water run
  • Have a water picture in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap water get cold.
  • Only have one drinking glass each day. That limits how many dishes you have and will take longer to fill up your dishwasher.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the microwave or refrigerator instead of letting hot water run over it. 
  • Let your dirty dishes soak instead of letting warm water run on them.
  • Scrape garbage food into the garbage instead of using the disposal.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is full when before starting it. Maximize loads.


Doing less loads of laundry will mean using less water. Follow these tips for laundry.

  • Only do full loads of laundry.
  • Think before washing.
    • "Do I really need to wash this?"
    • If it is not dirty, do not wash. 
  • Plan to use a "high-efficiency" washer. High-efficiency washers use about 50 percent less water.