Here are some examples of free water efficiency devices available:
- Sava ultra-high efficiency showerhead
- 5-minute shower timer
- Tri-max three-flow rate aerators
- Toilet leak detection tablets
- 1.5 gpm duel spray kitchen swivel aerator with flip lever
- Toilet tank bank
- Toilet fill cycle diverter
- Toilet flapper valve
- Various educational materials and goodies
The showerhead is easily installed. In rare cases, an adapter is needed from a plumbing or hardware store to make it fit to existing plumbing fixtures. A showerhead manufactured pre-1980-1994 will have a flow from 2.75-8 gallons per minute (gpm). Install the 1.5 gpm showerhead with the 5-minute shower timer to use only 7.5 gallons per shower.
Potential savings: 40% or more
New faucet aerators at 1.5, 1.0, and 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) can be used in the kitchen and bathroom to replace those that use on average 2.2 gpm. These new aerators mix more air with the water to improve velocity while reducing volume. Simply replace your old aerator for immediate water savings.
Potential savings: 55% – 77%
Toilet leak detection kits can be used to detect toilet leaks, many of which are silent but may still be wasting up to 300 gallons per day. The potential savings of detecting and repairing toilet leaks can be enormous. Simply drop the dye tablets into the tank and wait 20 minutes to see if the color of the water in the toilet bowl turns blue. If it does, you have a leak that can often be corrected by replacement of the flapper valve. Replace the valve and repeat the test. If you still have a leak, follow the instructions in the kit to troubleshoot the leak.
Potential savings: Variable but very high
The toilet tank displacement bags or “tank banks” can be used to provide immediate water savings per flush by displacing 0.8 gallons within the tank, which reduces volume but maintains the velocity or “flushing power”. If you have a newer low-flow toilet, the 1.6 gallon-per-flush variety installed after 1994, do not use the bag. Simply share it with a friend who has a pre-1994 toilet whose toilet will use 3.5 gallons per flush or more.
Potential Savings: 23%
Thank you for doing your part to help conserve water. Please call Customer Service with any questions 970-477-5451.