Lloyd Hathcock, director of program development at Niagara Conservation in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, says the number one thing that residents and shareholders can do to conserve water is to fix drips.
"In a kitchen, if the faucet drips once every five seconds, that water is going down the drain and it's the volume equivalent of 50 to 100 gallons of water a day that's on the water bill," says Hathcock
"Fixing leaks can be done fairly cost effectively."
Test for leaks in your toilet by dropping blue or red food coloring into the tank, wait 10 minutes, and if that color develops in the bowl, it's leaking and needs to be replaced.
"All the toilets on the market now, such as Niagara's flapperless toilet, are water efficient," he
After repairing the leaks, Hathcock
says the next important step is to retrofit high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators.
Aerators increase spray velocity, reduce splash and save water and conserve energy.
"If the showerhead was installed ten years ago, it probably has a flow rating of two to two-and-a-half gallons per minute or higher," says Hathcock