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the DOs & DON'Ts of water Conservation

In or out of a drought, every New Yorker can save hundreds of gallons of water each week by following these simple water-saving tips. 


Do take short showers and save 5 to 7 gallons a minute
Do fill the tub halfway and save 10 to 15 gallons.
Do install water-saving toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators.  Place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank if you can't switch to a low flow toilet.
Don't run the water while shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth.  Faucets use 2 to 3 gallons a minute.
Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket, and don't flush it unnecessarily.


run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.  Save even more by using the short cycle.
Do install faucet aerators
Don't let the water run while washing dishes.  Kitchen faucets use 2 to 3 gallons a minute.  Filling a basin only takes 10 gallons to wash and rinse.
Don't run water to make it cold.  Heave it chilled in the refrigerator, ready to drink.
Do repair leaky faucets and turn taps off tightly.  A slow drip wastes 15 to 20 gallons each day.
Don't open fire hydrants.


use a self-closing mozzle on your hose.
Don't water your sidewalk or drivewy - sweep them clean.
Don't overwater your lawn or plants.  ater before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.


Do share this information with family and friends.


Call (718) DEP-HELP 

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