Water Conservation Challenge

Water conservation starts with us, and simple changes can make a huge impact in terms of water savings. The Grey Water Project’s Water Conservation challenge is open to people of all ages from across the world.

Actions are divided into two categories:

  • One time actions, &

  • Habit forming ones.

To join the challenge, enter your name, email and age, and select the actions you would like to take by clicking the checkbox at the bottom of each action tile.

Don’t forget to report back with your progress with the Report Back form in the upcoming weeks!

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Please select the activities you wish to try:

One Time Actions -

According to the US EPA, Fixing household water leaks can save homeowners approximately 10 percent on their water bills and nearly 10,000 gallons of water every year! Ten percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day, so make sure you're not one of them.

Identify and Fix Leaks

According to the US EPA, Fixing household water leaks can save homeowners approximately 10 percent on their water bills and nearly 10,000 gallons of water every year! Ten percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day, so make sure you're not one of them.

5 gal per min

Automatic Shut-Off Nozzle on Garden Hose

5 gal per min

Adjust sprinkler heads to reduce overspray and avoid watering the sidewalk

Adjust sprinkler heads to reduce overspray and avoid watering the sidewalk

Sprinkler Efficiency

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Low flow Faucets/Showerheads:

Cover exposed soil around shrubs and garden plants with mulch to reduce evaporation from the soil surface.

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Flush with Less

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Upgrade Clothes Washer (FGC)

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

average american household does 300 loads of laundry per year

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Laundry to Lawn System

Drip irrigation uses up to 50% less water than conventional sprinkler systems. By targeting the root zone, all the irrigation water directly benefits the plant. Fungal infections are also minimized because you are not letting the stem and leaves get wet, leading to healthier plants

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Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Drip Irrigation

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Low Flow Toilets

switch to low-flow toilets can save up to 13,000 gallons of water a year for a family of four.

Reduce lawn areas and choose native and drought-tolerant plants for your landscapes.

Replacing 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn with drought-tolerant plants can save up to 20,000 gallons of water a year or more.

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The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Replace Lawn

save you up to 1,000 gallons of water per year if your current model requires pre-rinsing

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Upgrade Dishwasher

Install a smart controller ( may be one with a weather sensor)

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Irrigate Efficiently

Regular hand washing (with the water running) used up to 27 gallons vs 3 gallons for a new Energy Star-rated dishwasher.

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Dishwasher instead of handwashing

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Faucet Aerator

Install a Faucet Aerator to moderate the water flow of the faucet. Save up to 30% of your water use in the kitchen and bathroom.
 

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Rain Barrel

Cover exposed soil around shrubs and garden plants with mulch to reduce evaporation from the soil surface.

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Reduce Evaporation from the Soil Surface

Insulate Water Pipes: don't ever have to wait for water to heat up again!

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Insulate Water Pipes

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Mulch the base of Trees and Plants

Mulch the base of trees and plants to prevent water runoff.

Forming Habits -

The average shower lasts about eight minutes. Since the average showerhead has a water flow of 2.1 gallons per minute, each shower uses more than 16 gallons of water!

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Reduce shower time by 2 minutes

8 gallons per day saved

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving

When taking a bath, don't wait for the water to get hot before filling the tub - adjust the temperature as you go!

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Don't wait for the water to get Hot

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Water your lawn a max of once a week

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Full load cloth washers & dish washers

Operate clothes washers and dishwashers with full loads only.

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks

Operate clothes washers and dishwashers with full loads only.

12 gallons of water per day saved.

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Reduce unnecessary flushes

Commercial car washes often use less than 40 gal per wash compared with 100 gal at home if you use your hose.

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Get your car washed at a place that recycles water.

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Scrape your plate instead of rinsing it before loading into the dishwasher

The standard shower head flows at roughly 4.5 gallons/min. while low-flow showerheads use less than 2.5 gallons/min. Changing your showerheads can save between 3,000 gallons per year - 5,400 gallons per year and costs under $20.00.

Get Educated

I will spend at least 10 minutes a day learning about water challenges in my area and internationally, and start getting involved

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Water plants during the coolest time of the day

Water plants during the coolest time of the day: in the morning or evening.

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Cover your backyard pool

A typical backyard pool in Los Angeles can lose some 20,000 gallons yearly just due to evaporation

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Use Shower Bucket

Collect the cold water while you wait for the water to heat OR fill up the bucket with warm water and use it to shower instead of running the faucet

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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If washing dishes by hand, plug up the sink or use a wash basin

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Let frozen items thaw overnight instead of running them under hot water from the kitchen faucet

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Use reusable water bottles instead of purchasing bottled water

Alternatively, you can put a filled plastic bottle or bag in the toilet tank to displace water, so it will use less water. Toilets can use 30% of the water in the house, so this is an impactful place to save!

Eat Less Meat

If your clothes washer was built in 2002 or earlier, you can save up to $180 and 6,000 gallons of water a year!

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Use less hot water

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