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Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take around the house. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations.

- When you're washing or shaving or brushing your teeth, don't let the water run. Instead, put some water in the sink to use for washing or shaving, use a cup of water for rinsing after brushing your teeth.
TOILET - Lower the water level. You do not need 3-5 gallons of water for flushing. Flush only when necessary. Don't use your toilet for getting rid of trash.

SHOWER - Keep your showers short and use as little water as possible.

- Keep a container of water in your refrigerator. That way you can get cold water fast without running your faucet.

WHEN YOU'RE COOKING - Thaw out frozen food in your refrigerator instead of using running water. Use only a little amount of water when you're cooking.

WHEN YOU'RE WASHING DISHES - Fill up your sink with water to wash and rinse - don't run your water constantly. Remove the food off your dishes, but don't rinse them at first. Soak pots and pans in water before you wash them. Use only a little amount of soap. Avoid the dish washer whenever possible.

WHEN YOU'RE WASHING CLOTHES - If you've got some really dirty clothes to clean, soak them before you wash them. Use only a small amount of soap. Check the load selector on your washer to make sure it matches the size of your load. If you don't have a load selector, wash only full loads.

FOR HEAVY DUTY CLEANING - like grills and oven racks, presoak items overnight before you attempt to wash them. Use scouring pads to clean, with as little water as you can.

WHEN YOU'RE WASHING YOUR CAR - Rinse your car once and turn off the water. Soap up the car from a bucket of soapy water, then rinse again. Use as little water as possible.

The average family spends $1,100 per year in water costs, but can save $350 from retrofitting with WaterSense labeled fixtures and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems. Did you know that the City of Jackson is a partner of the EPA's Water Sense Program? For more helpful tips, please visit their website at