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 11 towns on the South Shore; Aquarion (Hingham and Hull), Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Rockland, Scituate and Weymouth, which provides education to school children and adults on stormwater and water conservation in their homes, businesses and towns.

For more information about WaterSmart, contact the program manager, Lori Wolfe, at or (781) 659-8168.