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  1. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator, rather than letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

  2. Hand-washing dishes takes more time than using a dishwasher. Let your dishwasher do the work and you’ll save almost 10 days a year! You’ll also save money and water! If washing dishes by hand, use a basin of soapy water or plug the sink.

  3. Use the dishwasher efficiently. Only run it when you have a full load. Scrape dirty dishes and cookware, rather than rinsing them. Use the “light wash” feature when possible.

  4. Showering accounts for nearly 17% of indoor water use. Reduce this by taking shorter showers. 

  5. Turn off the tap when shaving or brushing your teeth and save up to 2,400 gallons of water a year. This is an easy one for both kids and adults to try. 

  6. Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year. As a bonus, you can also save energy by using cold water when possible.

  7. Sweep driveways and sidewalks, as opposed to hosing them off.

  8. If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation.

  9. Wash your car with water from a bucket or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

From showering to cooking to cleaning, water is an important part of our daily lives. The average family in America uses more than 300 gallons of water per day for indoor and outdoor water needs. You don’t have to replace appliances or fixtures to save water and money. There are simple actions everyone can take. Some of these tips are also easy to for kids to learn. 

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