Save Water

The average U.S. household uses about 110 gallons of water per day. Under normal conditions, the Dan River provides an abundant supply of water to meet our demand. However, as we well know, droughts can occur. Reducing your household’s use of water will help us stretch our water resource, protect the environment, and save you money! Most of us can significantly reduce our household water consumption if we change some of our habits.

Year-Round Water Saving Tips
  • Fill a drinking glass with enough water to brush your teeth instead of continuously running the faucet
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  • Plug the sink to capture enough water for your shave instead of continuously running the water
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving and save 4 gallons a minute. That is 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  • Keep a supply of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until cool enough to drink
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Install flow-restrictors or aerators on all faucets.
  • Recycle instead of pouring it down a drain by watering your plants from a fishbowl or aquarium and from your pet’s water dish when it’s time to replenish their water
  • Check all washing machine hose connections for leaks. Fixed leaks can save up to 500 gallons of water each month. Fill the kitchen sink with a few gallons of water for dish-washing and then rinse all together to save approximately ten gallons
  • Repair all household leaks (inside and outside faucets, toilets, water heaters, hoses and washer connections) to save more than 11,000 gallons per year or enough to fill a backyard swimming pool!