Water Conservation Tips


  • If you happen to live in an older home with original fixtures, you may be flushing at a rate of 5 to 7 gallons per flush. You can save water per flush by installing a toilet dam.
  • Your toilet is not a wastebasket – don’t use it to flush away cigarette butts or Kleenex.
  • Most new toilets presently available on the market are engineered for low volume use.
  • Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank. If colored water shows in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak and repairs are needed.


  • Bathing usually consumes the second greatest quantity of water in the home.
  • A shower generally uses less than a bath.
  • Do your showering and hair washing in one step.
  • Fill the tub only 1/4 full. This is enough to cover an adult’s body or float a child’s toy.
  • Most showers can be fitted with a flow restrictor or low-volume head to conserve water.
  • Don’t turn the shower on until you’re ready to step in.


  • Don’t leave water running while washing your face, shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • An electric razor uses less energy than it takes to heat up the water for razor shaving.

Provided by MRWA Water Conservation Facts

Fix leaky faucets immediately. A leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s a ‘Nice Save’ for Minnesota’s water future. It’s important for each of us to save water every day. Repairing leaky faucets promptly can help with water conservation. For more easy tips to save water in Minnesota, visit MN Rural Water Association.