the thief in your toilet
95% of the leaks found in a home are found in the toilet.
There are two types of leaks, a high water level leak and
a leak at the flapper/flush ball.
a toilet there is a long open tube that stands almost in
the middle of the toilet's tank. This is called an
overflow pipe or line. When the water level in a toilet's
tank gets too high, the water goes down the overflow pipe
and into the sewer. To avoid water flowing needlessly
into the overflow line, adjust the water level in the
tank by lowering the toilet's float arm.
flapper is the ball or cone that covers the hole between
the tank and the bowl. To see if there is a leak at the
flapper, place a couple drops of food dye into the tank.
Wait five minutes without flushing. If color leaks into
the bowl, you then need to replace the flapper and/or the
ring or seal around the hole. You can save an average of
15 gallons of water by taking three minute showers. Or
employ the Navy method of taking a shower. Rinse your
body with water and turn your shower off while you soap
up. By taking shorter or Navy showers, you can also save
money on your energy bill!
style that saves you money
San Francisco, the average toilet uses 3.5-5 gallons per
flush.Thousands of families in the City found that they
can save on their water and sewer bill by installing an
ultra-low flow toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush.
The average family of three people can save 34 gallons of
water per day and $120 on their yearly water and sewer
bill. Twice a year, the San Francisco water department
also offers a rebate of $30 per toilet when you install a
1.6 gallon toilet in your home or apartment building. But
you need to apply before you buy your toilet. Call (415)
923-2676 for more details.
the sound of running water
washing dishes by hand, don't let the tap water run
freely to rinse. Fill a tub or the second side of the
sink and use it to rinse your dishes.
you really enjoy a glass of SFWD's water? Then fill a
pitcher with drinking water and store it in the
refrigerator. You can then enjoy a cold glass of water
without having to run the tap until cold water emerges
from the faucet.
let water run down the drain while you brush your teeth.
Rinse your toothbrush and then turn off your faucet.
After you have finished brushing your teeth,turn the tap
back on to the clean the sink and your
your landscape on a diet
your irrigation system to make sure that you are not
accidentally watering your street or sidewalk. Irrigate
your landscape before 9am to avoid evaporation. Don't
water on windy days.
plants with similar water needs together. If your heart
is set on having some water-loving plants in your garden,
plant them near a downspout or at the lowest spot in the
landscape. This way, they can get the extra water that
help reduce your plants' water needs, use a layer of
mulch around your plants to reduce evaporation and to
encourage plant growth.
turf is tougher than it looks. Wait to water your lawn
until it begins to wilt or turn bluish-gray. For more
water-efficient, yet beautiful plants, contact the San
Francisco Water Department's Conservation Section at