Kitchen Sink Tips

The following are a few tips and facts for preventing water waste at the kitchen sink.

  • A leaky tap, dripping once per second, wastes six gallons of water a day.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
  • Don’t let the faucet run when you scrub vegetables or prepare other foods, put a stopper in the sink instead.
  • Install an aerator or flow restrictor in the faucet.
  • Replace washers and repair or replace fixtures if necessary.

Think Ahead

Want a cold drink of water? Don’t stand there letting it run endlessly. Store a jug of ice water in the refrigerator. When washing dishes, remember not to wash them with the water running. A sink-full of wash water and one of rinse water will do the job just as well. Use a minimum amount of detergent.

Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Instead, defrost overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave. For hand laundering, put a stopper in the sink for both wash and rinse. Don’t let the water run. Never put water down the drain that can be used for something else, such as watering a plant or garden.

Bathroom Sinks

Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. With the tap running at full force, shaving takes 20 gallons of water, teeth brushing takes 10 gallons, and hand-washing takes two gallons of water.

Run as much as you need, then turn off the tap until you need some more. Plug the drain when you wash or shave. Don’t run the water when you brush your teeth. Water running unused goes straight down the drain. It adds up to a lot of wasted water.