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Indoor Conservation Tips


Helpful websites to determine current water usage and potential savings: 

Water Budget Tool | US EPA 

Water Use Calculator | WaterMatters.org (state.fl.us)

 

  • Water Efficient Fixtures

    Toilets and Showerheads 

    • If your home was built before 1995 and the toilets have not been replaced since then, consider replacing them with new 1.28 gallons per flush WaterSense® labeled toilets.  WaterSense® labeled toilets could save the average family 13,000 gallons of water per year!  The City of Lakeland even offers a $100 rebate for qualifying Water Utilities customers if high flush toilets (those that are 3.5 gpf or higher) are being replaced. See our Rebates and Incentives page for more information. 
      • Interesting Fact:  Nationally, if all old, inefficient toilets in the United States were replaced with WaterSense® labeled models, we could save 520 billion gallons of water per year, or in other words, the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days. 
    • Fix your leaky toilet.  Leaking toilets can waste up to 200 gallons a day, and most leaks can be fixed by replacing the toilet flapper.  These flappers seal water into the tank and allow water to exit the tank when you flush.  How can you check for a leak?   Place a Toilet Dye Tablet (or a drop of food coloring) in the toilet's tank and wait 10 minutes.  If the color shows up in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.  Most leaks can be repaired by simply replacing a worn toilet flapper.   
    • Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in our homes.  Installing a low-flow showerhead can cut the amount of water you use in half.  The average person can use up to 500 gallons of water per month with a traditional showerhead.  If your showerhead can fill up a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, you should consider replacing it with a high-efficiency showerhead.  
      • Did you know, the City of Lakeland has FREE water conservation kits available for any City of Lakeland Water Utilities customer?  To find out more information visit the Rebates and Incentives page or simply email Brittany.Thornton@lakelandgov.net or call (863) 834-6193 to request one for your home. 

    Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks

    • Listen for dripping faucets, fixing a leak could save 500 gallons each month.  And consider getting sink aerators to limit the amount of water you're using.  With our free conservation kits, you will receive 2 bathroom sink aerators and 1 kitchen sink aerator.  Again, visit the Rebates and Incentives page for more information. They're very easy to install and can save you money on your water bill.  All these little savings will add up! 

    Appliances

    • Only operate dishwashers and washing machines when full.  Running the washing machine only when you have a full load of laundry, could save you up to 600 gallons of water each month.  Again, if you have older appliances, consider replacing them with WaterSense® labeled ones.  Newer models of dishwashers only use 2 to 4 gallons per load and require less pre-washing of the dishes.  Simply scrape the remaining food off your plates and place them in the machine as is, saving yourself time, water, and hopefully money! 
    • Garbage disposals require a lot of water and energy.  Try composting that kitchen food waste instead of putting it in the garbage disposal.  Check out the "Outdoor Savings Tips" section for more information on composting.    

     

     

     

  • Saving Water at the Tap

    Saving Water at the Tap

    • While waiting on your shower or sink water to heat up, collect the water that would be going down the drain to use elsewhere.  Perhaps on a houseplant or outside in the landscape.  Don't let it go to waste!
    • Wash fruits and veggies in a bowl rather than under running water. 
    • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or use a reusable water bottle.  This will cut down on the number of dishes to wash.  
    • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean. 
    • Turn of the water while brushing your teeth.  Run the tap only when necessary. 
    • Taking a 5 to 10 minute shower actually saves more water than taking a bath.