In the kitchen

• Repair leaky faucets, fixtures and pipes. According to the Bell County Water Control

and Improvement District No. 1, 20 gallons per day are saved for every leak stopped. Harker Heights’ website states a leaky faucet can waste up to 1,660 gallons of water per year.

• Turn water off while washing dishes, brushing teeth or shaving, which the Bell County WCID No. 1 states saves three gallons each day.

• Keep tap water in the refrigerator for drinking. According to the Bell County WCID No. 1, it prevents running tap water to cool it for drinking and saves 200 to 300 gallons a month.

• Wash dishes by hand and don’t leave the water running for rinsing. The Bell County WCID No. 1 states it saves 200 to 500 gallons a month. An extra 50 to 150 gallons is saved by using the least amount of detergent possible.

• Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher saves 300 to 800 gallons per month, according to the Bell County WCID. No.

In the laundry room

• Wash only full loads when possible. According to Harker Heights’ website, washing only full loads of laundry can save up to 3,400 gallons of water each year.

In the bathroom

• Check toilet leaks by adding food coloring to tank. If color appears in bowl, you have a leak, which Harker Heights website states can waste as much as 73,000 gallons a year and is usually caused by an old or worn flapper that can be taken to hardware or home improvement stores or replaced by a plumber. According to the Bell County WCID No. 1, fixing a leak saves 400 gallons a month.

• Install low-flow shower, which the Bell County WCID No. 1 states saves 500 to 800 gallons per month.

• Take a shower instead of a bath. According to the Bell County WCID No. 1, shortening showers by one or two minutes can save up to 700 gallons per month.

Outdoor usage

• Water lawns only when needed, use a soil moisture meter to determine the need to water. The Bell County WCID. No. 1 suggests if grass springs back after stepping on it, it doesn’t need water. Water one inch per every 5-7 days, and only if rainfall less than one inch is insufficient to save up to 300 gallons.

• Condition soil with mulch or compost to slow evaporation, which the Bell County WCID No. 1 states saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.

• Set lawn mower high. Taller grass holds moisture better. The Bell County WCID No. 1 suggests raising the blade to 3 inches or the highest level to save 500 to 1,500 gallons each month.

• Don’t water lawns during the hottest part of the day, and watering during early morning or dusk helps prevent growth of fungus, which saves 300 gallons of water, according to the Bell County WCID No. 1.

• Don’t water the sidewalks, driveway or gutter to save 500 gallons per month.

• Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks to save 150 gallons or more each time.

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