Manchester, Connecticut

Water Conservation Tips


Bathrooms:

  • Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths. Turn off the water flow while soaping or washing.
  • If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.
  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it - such as watering a plant or garden.


Kitchen and Laundry:

  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Wash fruit and vegetables in a basin. Use a vegetable brush.
  • Do not use water to defrost frozen foods, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Use a dishpan for washing and rinsing dishes.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher.
  • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
  • Operate the dishwasher only when completely full.
  • Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.


Outside:

As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering the lawn during midday, so water early in morning or after the sun goes down.

  • Don't water when ground is wet.
  • Water infrequently but deeply to promote root growth.
  • Use a soaker hose on gardens and flower beds.
  • Catch precipitation in a rain barrel and use it to water plants and gardens.
  • Mulch around trees and shrubs to reduce evaporation.
  • In-ground sprinklers should be equipped with moisture sensors.
  • Timers should be used on above-ground sprinklers and soaker hoses.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.
  • Wash the car with water from a bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • When using a hose, control the flow with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter.
  • Lower pool water level to reduce the amount of water splashed out.
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.

Equipment:

Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. To detect leaks in the toilet, add 10 drops of food coloring to the tank water. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the toilet is leaking. Also the attached link will assist in demostrating how to perform a dye test. Please contact our Customer Service office at (860) 647-3114 to obtain dye tabs. "How to perform a Dye test".
Install low-flow aerators and showerheads and consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine, which can save over 50% in water and energy use.

Additional Information:

EPA's Water Efficiency in the Home

Water Conservation