Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 1 gallon of water per minute.
Put a little food coloring in toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
Take a shorter shower. Showering can use anywhere between 1 and 11 gallons per minute.
Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 3 gallons of water a day, or 1,452 gallons of water a year.
Install a rain barrel to your drainpipe and use the water collected to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows.
Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hose. A hose can use 264 gallons of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with wood chips, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
Invest in water-efficient goods when you need to replace household products. You can now buy water-efficient shower heads, taps, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and many other water-saving products.
Read the inside water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.