You can easily calculate how much water is wasted with this drip calculator from DrinkTap.org.
Here are some tips for saving water indoors:
- Take shorter showers. You can save 3 gallons of water for every minute.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 2 gallons a minute.
- Plug the sink instead of running the water when shaving and save up to 200 gallons a month.
- Water plants with leftover dish or bath water or even ice.
- Fix leaky faucets and pipes. A faucet leaking at a rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year.
- Install water-efficient devices in the bathroom and kitchen.
- Use the sink garbage disposal sparingly or start a compost pile.
- Always keep water conservation in mind and find ways to save in the kitchen. Small savings add up in time.
- Take a shower instead of filling the tub and taking a bath. Showers with low-flow showerheads usually use less water than tub baths.
- If you do take baths, try reducing the level of the water being used in a bathtub by one or two inches.
- Don't use your toilet to dispose of trash.
- Wash only full loads of laundry. Use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled clothes as it uses less water than other cycles.