Water Conservation

In The Bathroom

Try turning the tap off while brushing your teeth or shaving, this saves 1-2 gallons per minute.

Watch your time in the shower, five minutes will get you clean.  Typical shower heads use 2-4 gallons per minute.

Try filling your bathtub only halfway, this saves 5 gallons or more. You will save hot water costs, too!

How  Do I check for leaks?

Did you know that a running toilet is the leading cause of wasted water? 

Call 617-349-4737 or email us to request a Leak Detection Kit. 

The test is simple to use and easy to find out if your toilet has a water-wasting leak:

Step 1: Add dye tablet(s) to the toilet tank (not the bowl) and allow to dissolve. 

Step 2: Wait ten to fifteen minutes. 

Step 3: If you see colored water in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. This could mean that your toilet has a damaged flapper valve. Your local hardware store, home center or a licensed plumber can give you advice on proper replacement.

Be sure check all faucets and piping for leaks by monitoring for drips of water under sinks and from exposed pipes. Perform an inspection with the water on and off, as some leaks only occur when the water is on.

The diagram below shows a continuous leak from a hole, over a three month period, will waste water in differing amounts as shown below:

Diameter of Stream  Cubic Feet  Estimated Cost
 1/4 inch  158,000  $ 21,048
 3/16 inch  89,031  $ 11,615
 1/8 inch  39,400  $   4,933
 1/16 inch  9,850  $   1,166

based on 60PSi water pressure

Outdoor leaks can also waste significant amounts of water.  Be sure to check for leaking hoses, irrigation systems and dripping spigots.

Low Flow Toilets

The toilet is the single biggest water user in your home. Flushing accounts for about one-third of the water used in your home each day.

Replacing an old model toilet with a new low-consumption toilet could potentially cut your home water consumption by 25% or more.

The Massachusetts State Plumbing Code requires all new or replacement installations of two-piece tank-type and floor-mounted flushometer toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. These toilets are called low-flow, low-consumption or low-flush. Since all low-consumption toilets do not perform equally, consumers should make informed purchase decisions.

Additionally 1.28 gallon per flush toilets are available.  For more information please visit the EPA Water Sence at: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/products/toilets.html


The MWRA has many tips to conserve outdoor water use.  

To learn more please visit: http://www.mwra.com/comsupport/conservation/gardeningtips.htm

Additional Water Conservation Resources:

EPA: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/index.html

MWRA Water Conservation Home Page: http://www.mwra.com/comsupport/waterconservationmain.htm

List of Additional Links:  http://www.mwra.com/comsupport/conservation/links.htm