Indoor Water Saving Tips

The Average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day. Here are some easy ways to reduce water use.


No cost, easy to do

  • Take shorter showers—2.5 gallons/minute
  • Turn off water when shaving and brushing teeth— 10 gallons per person per day
  • Wait for full loads to wash clothes— saves 15–45 gallons per load
  • Fill your dishwasher instead of washing each dish by hand and only run the dishwasher when full— saves 5–15 gallons per load.
  • Don’t let the water run when rinsing dishes if washing by hand—2.5 gallons/minute
  • Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket—1.6 gallons/flush
  • Install water saving shower heads and low flow toilets. Saves 19 gallons per person/day.

No or low cost, more effort required

  • Fix leaky toilets—30 to 50 gallons/day/toilet
  • Fix leaky faucets—15 to 20 gallons/day/faucet
  • Install aerators on all faucets— Saves 1.2 gallons per person per day.

Higher cost, most effort required

  • Replace older toilets with High Efficiency Toilets (HETs)— Saves 19 gallons per person/day.

*Call the Water Waste Hotline for free low flow shower heads and faucet aerators. (408) 586-2666

*Rebates may be available. More info

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