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Ways to Conserve Water

The drought status has improved for much of the state but the current heat is a big reminder of what Oklahoma summers can be like. It’s time to start conserving water and we have some tips to get you started.


  • Use low flow aerators. This is a very easy and cheap way to save water. Doing this you can save you thousands of gallons of water each year.

  • Use low flow shower heads. You can find many styles anywhere you would find shower heads. You can save around twelve gallons of water per shower.

  • Place a full water bottle in your toilet tank to save water each time you flush.

  • If buying a new toilet look for ultra low flow toilets, or even better dual flush.

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving. You will save around four gallons of water each time you brush.

  • If you hand-wash your dishes don’t just leave the water running, fill the sink to wash them.

  • Check for leaks in your toilet. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank, leave it for a few hours, and if you see any in the bowl without flushing then you have a leak. Fixing toilet leaks can save around 200 gallons of water a day.

  • Only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machines.

  • If buying a new washing machine look for a water saving high efficiency (HE) washer.

  • When planting this spring look for native plants that are used to our climate and require less water.

  • If possible skip watering your lawn. If not possible then water during cooler parts of the day to avoid evaporating.

  • Consider getting a rain barrel or two. Imagine all the rain water that could have been saved during the May storms? The rainwater you save during the rainy months can be saved and used during the drier summer months.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. We would love to hear your ideas as well, share in the comments below or join in the conversation on our Facebook page.

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Lisa Sharp is the founder of Green Oklahoma. She is passionate about the environment and improving Oklahoma for future generations. She also writes on her personal blog Retro Housewife Goes Green.

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