Saving Water Inside Your Home
No or Low-Cost Water-Saving Practices
- Never use the toilet as a wastebasket. Some older model toilets use 7 gallons of water each time they are flushed!
- Check toilets for leaks at least twice a year using a simple dye test. A leaky toilet, usually caused by a warped or poorly fitting flapper, can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. Check for leaks by placing a leak detection dye tablet or ten drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. After a few minutes, if you see color in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Learn how to replace a toilet flapper.
- Turn the water off when shaving or brushing your teeth! This practice can save up to 10 gallons each time you shave or brush.
- Replace high flow faucet aerators in sinks with low flow aerators! For bathroom faucets, choose an aerator with 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) flow. For a kitchen faucet, an aerator using 1.5 to 2.5 gpm will work fine. This practice could reduce water use by 25 percent.
- Use low-flow showerheads. While older heads use 5 to 10 gpm, new models use up to 2.5 gpm while providing adequate water coverage and force. This practice could reduce water use by 35 percent.
- When doing laundry, use the correct water level or load size adjustment for the size load you're washing.
- Fix those leaky faucets! Even a small leak the size of a pinhead could waste up to 7 gallons each day.
- Do not use water to defrost frozen foods. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight instead.
- Operate the dishwasher only when it is completely full.
Indoor Water Saving Kits for St. Petersburg Water Customers
Indoor retrofit items are available on a first come, first served basis to assist St. Petersburg's water customers in retrofitting their homes to conserve water. The indoor kit may include a low-flow showerhead, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, and toilet leak detection tablets.
To obtain a retrofit kit, water customers should bring their water utility bill to the Water Resources Department at 1650 Third Avenue North between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Indoor Water Saving Practices
Install high-efficiency appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes washing machines, to save water and energy. This brief video helps you learn more. Look for the WaterSense label for appliances that save up to 20% more water than traditional appliances, while still providing equivalent or superior performance according to EPA standards.
Most ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are also water conserving. For example, high-efficiency clothes washers use 14 gallons of water per load, compared to 40 gallons average used by a standard machine. See WaterSense Products or Energy Star appliances for specific models, research news, and more information.
Replace your high flow toilets, which use from 3 to 7 gallons per flush, with low-flow toilets that use 1.6 gallons per flush. New High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs) use even less water- 1.28 gallons per flush or less! Before shopping for a toilet, see these pages for information on flushing performance, new technology, and water efficiency:
- View a short video on Selecting a New Toilet
- See WaterSense Toilets for the latest listing of EPA WaterSense certified HETs.
- Terry Love's Toilet Report
For information on current water conservation programs or to obtain literature on ways to save water in your home, emailWaterDept@stpete.org or call 551-3177 and provide your name, phone number, and complete mailing address.