• Replace older toilets with WaterSense labeled models that use 1.28 gallons per flush or consider installing a dual flush model that can use even less.
  • Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If it appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that needs repair. Even a small leak can waste hundreds of gallons a month.
  • Repair running toilets promptly.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. Put tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.


  • Install water-saving aerators on your bathroom faucets and water-saving showerheads that use 1.5 gallons per minute or less.  Free aerators and showerheads are available for Austin Water customers.
  • Fix dripping faucets promptly.  
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water while you’re waiting for it to warm up. Use that water later for watering plants, flushing toilets, or running the garbage disposal.
  • Take shorter showers- try for less than 5 minutes. If you take a bath, fill the tub half full or less.
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth, lathering in the shower, and shampooing/conditioning your hair.