Indoor Water Conservation Tips

  • Look at your water meter at night then compare the reading in the morning – if there is a change, you have leaks
  • Repair all water leaks immediately and be especially alert for leaks in toilets and faucets
  • Install and maintain ultra-flow toilets or convert existing toilets to low-flow units with a tank dam or displace water with bricks
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily – do not use toilets as wastebaskets or ashtrays
  • Install and maintain flow restrictors (aerators) on faucets
  • Install and maintain low-flow showerheads
  • Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for watering plants
  • Limit showering time to 5 minutes
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Do not use toilets as wastebaskets or ashtrays
  • Turn off water when shaving and brushing teeth
  • To thaw frozen food use the microwave, a bowl of water, or place it in the refrigerator overnight instead of using running tap water
  • Scrape food off dishes without water prior to rinsing
  • Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing of food waste – kitchen sink disposals require a lot of water to operate properly
  • Operate the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded and use light wash feature
  • Operate the clothes washer only when it is loaded to maximum capacity
  • Rather than running the tap for cool drinking water, keep a filled container in the refrigerator
  • While waiting for running water to warm or cool for use on plants or in cleaning, capture flow for other uses
  • Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient

Additional Resources

Indoor Water Saving Tips video – Scituate Water Information with Al Bangert

Tips for Saving Water Indoors and Outdoors – Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

100+ Ways to Conserve Water –

Indoor Water Guzzlers and Tips to Fix! – Environmental Protection Agency

The Ultimate Compost Guide –


The WaterSmart Program is a partnership with the NSRWA and 10 towns on the South Shore; Aquarion (Hingham and Hull), Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate and Weymouth, which provides education to school children and adults on water conservation in their homes, businesses and towns.