Water Conservation and Usage Calculator

Conserving water saves money on your water bill and also on your energy bill.

Be aware of the amount of water your household is using and look for ways to use less water.

Ways to save water:

Low flow shower heads: Reduce your usage to as little as 2.4 gallons per minute compared to 5-10 gallons per minute in a “high flow” shower head.

Faucet Aerators:An average faucet uses 5 gallons of water per minute of use. An easy to install, low-cost faucet aerator can cut usage in half.

Test for toilet leaks:When a toilet leaks, water escapes from the tank into the bowl and washes away into the sewer. Toilets are a source of hidden leaks; unless the toilet “runs” after each flush, we seldom notice them. A silent leak caused by a corroded flush valve can waste about ten gallons of water an hour – money down the drain that you can’t see or hear. For every unit of water you use, you are charged for a unit of sewer usage as well.

The best way to find a toilet leak is to put a small dye tablet or several drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait 15 minutes. If color shows up in the water in the toilet bowl, you know you have a problem. If no dye appears in the bowl after 10 or 15 minutes that means you have leak-free toilet.

Leaks can account for ten percent of your water bill and waste much more each day if the leak involves a hot water tap. Faucet leaks are obvious, but you can find leaks in seldom-used taps such as in the basement or outside the house.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides further suggestions for conservation of water on its site at https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5009.html and at https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/43534.html.

A second website that provides information on water conservation can be found at https://www.h2ouse.org.

You would be wise to compare the cost of filling your pool by tanker truck or filling it with a hose from your own home water system. Enter the dimensions of your pool here and the calculator will tell you how many units of water it will take and how much you will pay in water and sewer costs.

Remember pool water contains chemicals. If and when you empty your pool, it should drain by hose to the sewer, not into the lawn.

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