Tips to reduce indoor water use

Posted at: 05/09/2013 7:19 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has some tips from the water authority on how to cut back on your water bills during this dry season.

One of the top things you want to do is check your pipes, or get them checked, for leaks. They’re often tough to notice right away, but they make up 14 percent of the average family’s water bill.

Also, pay attention to how much money tends to go where. The average family uses 26.7 percent of water with the toilet, 21.7 percent with the clothes washer, 16.8 percent with the shower, 15.7 percent with the faucet, 13.7 percent through leaks, 1.7 percent through the bath and 1.4 percent through the dishwasher.

You can install water saving toilets, as well as low-flow shower heads and faucets to reduce the amount of water you use. As for outside water use, the Water Authority suggests xeriscaping as one way to use less water on a large lawn. You may also want to think about an automatic sprinkler system.

Regardless of how much you’re willing to spend, the water authority has limits on watering days. During the month of May, you should be watering two days a week.