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Water saving tips for your household


Save more money and water in 2017

With some help from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD), it's now possible to save money on your WASD bill and help the environment at the same time. In Miami, each individual uses about 134 gallons of water per day which is a lot.

Due to the award winning-work of the department’s conservation program in 2016:

  • 2,489 residential and multifamily high-efficiency toilet rebates were issued;
  • 812 high-efficiency faucet and shower heads rebates were issued;
  • 81 single family and 22 large property irrigation evaluation rebates were issued;
  • 1,029 free high-efficiency shower heads and water conservation kits were distributed;
  • 911,000 gallons of water were saved per day.

Here's what you and your family can implement in the household to keep more money in your pocket and help the environment.

In the kitchen

  • Washing dishes: fill the sink with wash water, wash dishes in it, put dishes aside, and rinse them all together at the end. If every home in the United States do so in this manner, more than 100 billion gallons of water could be saved annually;
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator, not under running water.

In the bathroom

  • Install WaterSense labeled toilets throughout your home. You can save $90 per year and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets. Qualifying Miami-Dade residents can receive up to $50 with the purchase and installation of a WaterSense-certified toilet;
  • Exchange your shower head for a new, high-efficient one. You can exchange two old shower heads for two new ones at WASD office locations;
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.

In the laundry room

  • Wash only full loads in the washer and save 2,130 gallons of water annually;
  • Choose a high-efficiency washer, which uses less than half the amount of water compared to a standard washer.

For more tips, you can visit the conservation website.

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