Water Conservation is a simple process that Pays big Dividends in reducing your energy and utility bills as we as helping the Environment.

Water Conservation is something we can all benefit from. When we reduce our consumption we lower our costs, save energy from heating our water we use, and help the environment. Water conservation is a key link between balancing current and future water needs. Our conservation focus today will ensure supplies for our communities, industries, farming and recreational needs in the future.

We use about 6.5% of our energy to heat water for bathing, dish washing, and clothes washing. So if we reduce our usage we save on energy and the cost of water. We may also choose to use alternative energy to heat our water. You can team up Water Conservation with Solar Water Heating and reduce your water and energy bill at the same time. If you are going green you may wish to do an Energy Audit and use alternative energy such as Wind or Solar Power.

We are able to conserve water many different ways:

1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Water Conservation calculations are shown on the leak calculator page. 2. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted. Water Conservation savings will offset the urge to use toilets as a disposal unit for trash.

3. Check your toilets for leaks
Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks
Shut off any water use in the home and go to your water meter. Most water meters have a small leak detector dial which moves with very low flow through the meter this indicates possible leaks. If your meter does not have a low flow detector then read your meter and wait about one hour to see if the reading changes. If you feel you have a leak, call your local water utilities to see if they will send a service man to look at your meter. Most utilities are in a Water Conservation mode so they usually have assistance programs.

5. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. Taking showers reduces water consumption compared to taking baths but you still have to be careful not to take to many long relaxing shower. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. Relax later with a good book, a cup of warm tea or relaxing beverage.

6. Install low flush toilets
For new installations or replacements of toilets consider buying a low flush toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons. If replacement is to costly for your budget you can set a brick or a plastic bottle with sand in the bottom to reduce the volume of water in the tank.

7. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.

8. Rinse your razor in the sink
Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.

9. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is a big water savings. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Also think about replacing old water consuming clothes washers. New Energy Star washers use 35% - 50% less water and 50% less energy per load.

10. Minimize garbage disposal usage
Minimize the use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units. These units require a large volume of water to perform properly. In addition these units consume considerable amounts of energy. Try a compost pile if feasible.

11. Wash dishes by hand
When washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing. If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. Dual-swivel faucets are available to make rinsing easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes. The new Energy Star Dishwashers are considerably more efficient so if your in the market watch for their logo.

12. Do not let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Rinse them in the sink or a pan of clean water.

13. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge
Running tap water to get cool drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe well marked container. Remember to clean containers well to avoid any bacteria build up.

14. Insulate your water pipes
It's easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-split foam pipe insulation. This also helps get hot water faster which avoids wasting water. Hot water recirculation pumps are nice since they provide on demand hot water. These units do consume energy but if you have a Green Energy System then your energy is being produced for free.

* Irrigation and outside Water Conservation

* Leak Detection and Water Loss Calculations

* Water Leaks at Your Home

* Utility Leaks and Unaccounted for water. How does it affect You?