How can I conserve water in the bathroom?

Two thirds of the water used in the average home is in the bathroom, mostly for flushing toilets, showers, and baths.

  1. Turn off the water when you are not using it. Don't let it run while you brush your teeth or shave.
  2. Flush the toilet less often. Put used tissues, trash, hair, paper towels, etc. in the wastebasket instead of flushing them.
  3. Fix leaks and drips. This is often simply a matter of changing a washer.
  4. Retrofit older plumbing fixtures with flow-reducing devices.
  5. Take shorter showers. Less than 5 minutes is adequate, any longer is recreation.
  6. Take baths. A partially filled tub uses less water than a short shower.