Use Less Water

  • On days when our communities experience heavy rainfalls, consider using less water.  This means refraining from doing your laundry and other activities that use a lot of water.
  • Check for leaks in your home.  Turn off everything that uses water and immediately write down your water meter number.  Check your water meter again in two hours.  If you notice a change in your water meter, you probably have a leak!
  • Take shorter showers by using a timer.
  • Toilets made before 1980 use 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush.  If you have an old toilet, reduce the amount of water per flush by displacing the water in the tank with a brick.
  • Look for the WaterSense label.  This label identifies products that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's criteria for efficiency and performance.

Sierra Club trained volunteers in Detroit to perform home water audits.  Contact Sierra Club for more information on how you can become a trainer or how you can have someone come to your home and perform an audit.
Sierra Club Great Lakes Program,
Mar 19, 2012, 5:36 AM