Conserving Water Inside Your Colorado Home   Leave a comment

Did you know that a typical household of four uses 260 gallons of water each day? The biggest water hog is the bathroom. Toilets use 40% of the total and showers/baths and faucets use 35%. By contrast, 15% is used in the kitchen, and 10% for washing clothes.

Each of us can help to conserve water, if not in big ways, than in small ways. For instance, no one wants to wash clothes by hand. However, using cold water and liquid detergent versus powder is more environmentally friendly. At Reliable Sanitation, we are all about conserving water. Here’s some tips to help you jumpstart your new water conservation ways that we have compiled from various sources:

Did You Know … If You Turn Off The Water While You Brush Your Teeth, You Can Save 25 Gallons A Month?


  1. To significantly reduce water use, replace your old 5 gallon per flush toilet with a new 1.5 or 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. This is the #1 way to save money in your bathroom!
  2. As an alternative to installing a new toilet, retrofit your old one with a water-saving device. Displacing volume in the tank means that less water is used for each flush. A clean, sealed plastic container filled with sand will work.
  3. If your toilet flapper doesn’t close after flushing, replace it.
  4. Leaky toilets can waste a lot of water. Replace the rubber flapper in the tank every two to three years.
  5. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.


  1. Install a low-flow showerhead. Don’t listen to the nay sayers that claim there’s not enough pressure. New designs range from 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute and still provide a powerful stream of water.
  2. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  3. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.

Laundry Room

  1. Front-loading washing machines use 40% less water than top loaders.
  2. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.


  1. Install low-flow faucet aerators.
  2. Wash only FULL loads in the dishwasher and select a low-water-use model.
  3. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  4. Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
  5. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  6. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

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