Three Tips for Effortlessly Conserving Water at Home


We’re no strangers to water conservation here in northern Nevada. From the watering schedule at Truckee Meadows Water Authority to the sage in the hills, our high desert climate means water is particularly precious. We can all do our part, and River City Plumbing is making it easy. Here are three tips for effortlessly conserving water at home.

Check for Leaks

Minor leaks may seem, well, minor, but even a small drip from a faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water every day. If you have a bigger leak, you could be looking at hundreds of gallons of wasted water. Leaks aren’t always easy to identify, particularly if you have a leaky toilet, so make a point of scheduling a Reno plumber like River City Plumbing for quarterly checks of your pipes, plumbing, and fixtures. You’ll not ensure that any minor problem doesn’t snowball into a bigger, more expensive issue, but you’ll save water too.

Pro tips – you can check for a leaking toilet by adding a drop of food color to the tank. If the water in the bowl changes color over the next half an hour, and the toilet hasn’t been flushed, you’re looking at a leaking toilet. You can also check for a household leak by blocking out a window of time when no water will be used (that includes toilets, sinks, showers, and appliances like the dishwasher or washing machine). Note the number on the water meter, and then check again after two hours. If the numbers aren’t identical, call River City Plumbing – you have a leak!

Doctor the Toilet

We’ve written before about clogged toilets, and if you’ve read our post, you know to avoid tossing anything in there besides toilet paper and human waste. Most toilets use between three and six gallons of water on every flush, so don’t use your toilet as a trash can. It’s bad for pipes and it’s a blatant waste of water. You might also consider adding a float booster in the tank. These devices displace water, so less water is needed to fill the tank each time you flush.

Make the Switch

If it’s time to replacing aging faucets, showerheads, or toilets, look for water-saving versions. Low-flow options can offer a significant water savings without a noticeable difference to you. Keep in mind that less water doesn’t automatically mean poor water pressure, so don’t worry about an unsatisfying shower. When it comes to toilets, standard toilets can be the biggest water wasters in a home. Today’s low-flow models, on the other hand, use less than one and a half gallons per flush. River City Plumbing here in Reno can offer recommendations for low-flow fixtures, so contact us today.

Doing Our Part

We all have a responsibility to conserve water, and these three steps make it easy. Contact River City Plumbing now to schedule a leak check, or if you have any plumbing issues you’ve been putting off. We’re happy to help.

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