Water Conservation

From the Delaware Rural Water Association (DRWA)

Water costs money, don't waste it! A dripping faucet or fixture can waste three gallons a day, a total of 1,095 gallons a year.

For more information, please visit the DRWA website or call 302-424-DRWA.

Tips to Conserve Water

  • Check water line connections, pipes, faucets, and toilets for leaks.
  • Collect rainwater to use to water flowers and gardens.
  • Install a space-occupier in your toilet tank to minimize water per flush or install water-saving toilets that use 1.0 to 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
  • Install aerators on sink faucets.
  • Install low-flow showerheads with an on/off valve.
  • Run washing machine and dishwasher only with full loads.
  • Take showers rather than baths (showers use about 1/3 as much water).
  • Take shorter showers; avoid letting the water run while shaving and brushing teeth.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning to avoid evaporation. Water slowly, deeply, and infrequently to encourage deep rooting.
  • When shopping, consider purchasing products that meet WaterSense criteria, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. WaterSense also provides advice, resources, and a rebate finder.
  • In a drought, follow DNREC recommendations. You can also view the differences between a drought watch, drought warning, and a drought emergency.

Water Waste Per Quarter at 60 PSI Water Pressure

A continuous leak from a hole of the following sizes would, over a three month period, waste water in the amounts shown:

Diameter of StreamGallons LostCubic Feet LostCubic Meters Lost
1/4 inches1,181,500158,0004,475
3/16 inches666,00089,0312,521
1/8 inches296,00039,4001,115
1/16 inches74,0009,850280

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