Tips for Saving Water at Home
In 1986, MWRA customers used a total of 330 million gallons of water per day.
Thanks to every-day water conservation efforts, demand has been reduced to about 200 million gallons per day (last five-years average).
Saving water keeps supplies level and has helped residents control their water, sewer and energy costs.
Below are some easy ways to save water at home.
Go to Water Conservation and Efficiency Main Page
IN THE BATHROOM
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving: save 1-2 gallons per minute.
Never use your toilet as a wastebasket: save 1-7 gallons per flush.
Don't take marathon showers: five minutes will get you clean. Save 2-4 gallons per minute.
Fill your bathtub only halfway: save 5 gallons or more. You will save hot water costs, too.
Faucets typically use 2 to 7 gallons per minute. Installing a low-flow (1.5-gallon per minute) faucet aerator can reduce the flow significantly. Be sure to remove your aerator periodically to clean the particles that may have collected in the screen.
Crush a dye tablet in its envelope and carefully empty the contents into the center of the toilet tank and allow it to dissolve. Wait about 10 minutes. Inspect the toilet bowl for signs of blue dye indicating a leak.
If the dye has appeared in the bowl, your flapper or flush valve may need to be replaced. Parts are inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. If no dye has appeared in 10 minutes time, you probably don't have a leak.
FREE WATER SAVING DEVICES FOR MWRA CUSTOMERS
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Updated August 12, 2022