When hand-washing dishes, do not let the water run continuously.
Avoid using garbage disposal systems.
Run the laundry machines only with full loads.
Use the shortest wash and rinse cycles and the lowest water level setting possible. Avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an additional 10 to 20 gallons of water.
When buying a new washing machine, choose a suds-saver model.
In the bathrooms, place 2 half-gallon plastic bottles filled with water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of flush water used.
Take shorter showers and use a water-conserving showerhead (less than 2.5 gallons per minute) rather than taking baths, which use 30 to 50 gallons of water.
When shaving, brushing teeth, or washing your face, do not let the water run continuously.
Repair leaky toilets and faucets promptly.
Lawn & Car
Set water softener to only run when necessary; Replace inefficient water softeners.
When washing your car, use a bucket, and wash and rinse sections individually. Use a high-pressure, low-volume hose with a nozzle.
Water the lawn only when absolutely necessary. More water is consumed using sprinkler and irrigation systems than if a hand-held hose is used. Trickle irrigation systems and soaker hoses are 20 percent more efficient than sprinklers.
Water lawns only during the coolest time of day to avoid evaporation of the water.