We therefore need to reconsider our attitudes towards water conservation and take steps to reform our habits. Every drop makes a difference, so here are a few things that you can try at home (and at the office!) to help conserve, avoid wastage and make a little water go a long way…

AT HOME
Do checks and balances
Perform regular maintenance checks on your water heater, plumbing, faucets, water tanks and appliances and fix any leaks you find. Pay attention to your water bill and meter—use them to track your water use and detect leaks.

Tap into the mother load
Wash only full loads in your washing machine, or adjust the water level to reflect the size of the load.

Use pure energy
Choose appliances that offer water and energy-efficient cycle options. The extra money you spend at purchase will be paid back each month when your electricity bill is lower.

Set a good example
Teach your children how to turn off the faucets completely after each use. When washing dishes, brushing your teeth or sham-
pooing your hair, turn the water on only when you need to rinse.

Be prepared
Locate your master water shut-off valve so that water can be saved if a pipe bursts.

AT WORK
Turn it off
No, not your Blackberry – the faucet! Just those few seconds of the tap being off as you soap or reach for a hand towel saves gallons of water.

A use for everything
Toilets are not garbage disposals. Flushing things like paper towels, etc. down the toilet places undue stress on the system and wastes more water than is necessary.

Waste not, want not
Before you pour your unfinished drink of water down the drain, consider whether it could be put to better use. Could it help to refresh a drooping office plant? Could a dab on a napkin clean your cell phone screen? Report any leaks or water losses to building management immediately.

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