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10 Tips to Conserving Water Indoors

Posted by Nishaila Porter

8/9/16 5:39 PM

The Charles River is at record low flows and the entire watershed is in severe or extreme drought. Predictions are that the drought will continue through October. Save water indoors by running full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, shortening showers and flushing toilets less often. Outdoors, stop watering and let your lawn fade to brown. It will revive with cooler weather and rainfall. Join the effort to conserve water.

99% percent of the state is in drought conditions, an area home to nearly 6.4 million people as reported by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

READ MORE: Charles River in Severe Drought 


Conserve water now
Below are some tips on how to save water inside the house.

  1. Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full.
  2. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave or do dishes.
  3. Take shorter showers. Don’t fill the tub all the way when taking a bath.
  4. Flush toilets only when necessary. 
  5. Find and fix household leaks.
  6. Install water efficient showerheads- install a 2.5 gallons per minute or less showerhead.
  7. Install faucet aerators- reduce faucet flow to 1.5-2.5 gallons per minute.
  8. Install a 1.6 gallon toilet- save up to 5.4 gallons per flush depending on your current toilet model.
  9. Use a water and energy efficient washing machine.
  10. Use a high efficiency dishwasher.


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Topics: Charles River, water conservation

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About Charles River Watershed Association:

One of the country's oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups from 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. Initiatives over the last fifty years have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.