534 W. Main - P.O. Box 7
Gardner, Kansas 66030

Phone (913) 856-7375
FAX (913) 856-7173

Helpful Tips

Tips, Tricks & Ways to Conserve Water


Most of us take for granted an abundant supply of good, fresh water.  We meet our daily needs when we turn on the faucet and get seemingly unlimited running water.  However, this situation is changing as more and more communities face water shortages.

Conservation is everyone’s responsibility.  Water shortages are real, touching many United States communities each year.  Because water conservation is a good defense against shortages, it should happen all the time, not just when shortages occur.

There are many ways to save water in and around your home.  Here are the five that might get the best results:

  • Stop leaks
  • Replace old toilets with models that use 1.6 gallons or less per flush
  • Replace old clothes washers with EPA Energy Star certified models
  • Plant the right kind of garden that requires less water
  • Provide only the water the plants need

Typical usage:

  • Shower – 25-50 gallons (5-10 gallons/minute)
  • Bath – 36 gallons (full tub)
  • Toilet flush – 5-7 gallons (less with new low-flow toilets!)
  • Brushing teeth – 2 gallons (tap running)
  • Hand washing – 2 gallons (tap running)
  • Shaving – 3-5 gallons (tap running)
  • Dish washing – 20 gallons (tap running)
  • Automatic dishwasher – 12 gallons (full cycle)
  • Clothes washer – 30-60 gallons (full cycle)
  • Outdoor watering – 5-10 gallons per minute