One of the easiest, most cost effective ways to conserve water is by fixing leaky faucets and toilets.

Most front-loading washing machines are energy and water efficient, using just over 20 gallons per load, while top loading machines, unless energy efficient, use 40 gallons per load.

Standard dishwashing machines use approximately 6 gallons of water per load, while Energy Star dishwashers use only about 4 gallons. Hand washing dishes generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time. So using a machine is actually more water efficient, especially if you run a full load.

Store drinking water in the refrigerator so you won’t need to let the tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow. Additionally, consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. By insulating your water pipes, you will also get hot water faster which will reduce water heating costs for your household.

The average pool takes 22,000 gallons to fill. If you leave it uncovered, you can lose hundreds of gallons to evaporation per month.

Water lawns early in the morning when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest to reduce loss to evaporation.

Don’t allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway, or sidewalk. Position them so the water lands on the lawn and shrubs.

These are just a few of hundreds of water conservation tips you can find on the internet. Share them with your family and friends to help reduce your water footprint.