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Home Water Use and Conservation
Most people in the U.S. use 60 to 100 gallons of water per person per day. Since much of all the water used indoors is used in the bathroom, it is a good place to start water conservation efforts. Study the tips below. Then take our 100-Gallon Challenge and try to reduce water use in your home.
- A leaky faucet can waste 10 to 20 gallons or more per day and may damage the house structure. Repairing a faucet is usually as simple as changing an inexpensive metal washer or O-ring.
- Leaky toilets can waste many gallons per day. To find out if your toilet leaks, put a little food coloring in the tank as long as it will not stain your toilet. If, after 15 minutes without flushing, color appears in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired.
- To check for more leaks, shut off the faucets and water-using equipment and take a reading from the water meter. After 30 minutes, re-read the meter. If the dial moved, you have a leak. If you don't have a water meter, you may be able to detect a leak if the well pump starts up during this testing period.
Toilet Water Usage
- Do not use the toilet for a trash basket. Instead, put facial tissues and other trash in the wastebasket for disposal. If you do not have a low-volume flush toilet, reduce the flush volume by adjusting the float rod downward or by purchasing special devices for the tank that reduce water usage.
- A quick shower usually draws less water than a bath. If you do not have a low-flow shower head, install one. This reduces the flow rate but usually will maintain the velocity of the spray.
Turn off faucets while brushing teeth or shaving. Install a flow control device on your faucet. Insulate hot water pipes to reduce the amount of water run in waiting for hot water.
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UNL Extension Publications
Web site water conservation pledge form offered by UNL Extension.
New & updated:
Water Wise: Water Conservation in the Home
NebGuide discusses efficient indoor water use including selecting water-efficient appliances, keeping fixtures in good working order, and changing water use practices.
Water Wise: Managing Low-Capacity Private Drinking Water Wells During Drought
NebGuide discusses efficient well management during drought. Groundwater from aquifers supplies almost all household water use in Nebraska’s rural areas. When groundwater levels decline during a drought, efficient well management is important.
Make Every Drop Count In Your Home
Brochure on water use and conservation tactics for property owners.
Make Every Drop Count In Your Lawn
Brochure providing information on efficient water usage for your lawn.
Make Every Drop Count In Your Landscape
Brochure providing information on efficient water usage in your landscape.
"Make Every Drop Count in Your Home" Community Program
Program for Community Groups including teaching guide, PowerPoint presentation, and hand-outs. Developed by UNL Extension faculty for use in civic programs, club meetings, or professional organizations.
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps consumers choose quality, water-efficient products.
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