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Water Conservation in the Bathroom
Water Conservation Tips for the Bathroom

  • Many toilets have silent leaks. Check for silent toilet leaks with a simple dye-test. Add several drops of food coloring, or a dye tablet, to the tank. If the toilet flapper is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes. (Flush as soon as the test is complete, since food coloring may stain the tank.) A poorly sealing flapper can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day and may cost hundreds of dollars per year!
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    • Click this link to learn more about how to seek a leak.

  • Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts, especially the toilet flapper. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. Find out more about toilet flappers and how to replace them.

  • Check that the water level in the toilet tank is at or below the fill line marked on the overflow tube. Any water that is spilling over the top of the overflow tube is silently going directly down the drain. Adjust the fill level of the tank.

  • If the toilet handle frequently sticks in the flush position, requiring you to "jiggle the handle," the flapper is remaining wide-open. Sometimes, this is the result of a poor seal. Other times, the chain may be kinking or interfering with the flapper's closing. Check that the chain is set to the correct length and assure smooth operation. This type of running toilet issue can waste over 200 gallons per hour. That can quickly add up to a BIG water bill.

  • Consider replacement of older fixtures with new high-efficiency units, which use less than half the water of older models. Look for the EPA WaterSense label. (Note: Some Pasco County Utilities customers are eligible for rebates when replacing old high-use toilets. Visit http://bit.ly/PascoRebate for more information on our rebate program criteria.)

  • If replacing a toilet, visit http://www.map-testing.com/consumer-household-toilets/ for helpful tips, and to check the "MaP Score". MaP stands for Maximum Performance. The MaP score is based on independent performance testing, and can show which fixtures actually exceed the EPA WaterSense efficiency and performance criteria.

  • Don't use the toilet as a trashcan! Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

  • Don't let water run while shaving, washing your face or brushing your teeth.

  • Install a displacement device such as a bag or bottle inside the toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water needed for each flush. Be sure installation does not interfere with the operating parts.

  • Replace your shower head with a high-efficiency version. Look for the EPA WaterSense label for efficiency and performance. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.

  • Take short showers. Or, for even more savings, briefly turn the water on to get wet; turn it off to lather up; then turn it back on to rinse off. Repeat this procedure when washing your hair.

  • Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use this to water plants. The same technique can be used when washing dishes or vegetables in the sink.

For More Information
For more information or to ask questions, email the Utilities Department or call at (727) 847-8145.