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Resolve to save money and water in 2016

MIAMI (December 31, 2015)

In Miami-Dade County, each individual uses approximately 134 gallons of water per day. Why not resolve in 2016 to use less water? By doing so, you will see some big savings - both in terms of the environment and your wallet. Below are some easy tips you and your family can implement that will have lasting, beneficial impacts.


In the kitchen:
If you wash your dishes in the sink, fill the basin 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 that washes dishes in the sink would do so in this manner, more than 100 billion gallons of water could be saved annually.


Also, defrost food in the refrigerator, not under running water.


In the bathroom:
Install WaterSense labeled toilets throughout your home. A household could save $90 per year in reduced water costs, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets. Miami-Dade County's High-Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program offers qualifying Miami-Dade residents up to $50 with the purchase and installation of a WaterSense-certified toilet - http://www.miamidade.gov/waterconservation/high-efficiency-fixture-rebates.asp#0.

Exchange your old showerhead for a new, high-efficient one, and save dozens of gallons of water per shower. You can exchange two old showerheads for two new showerheads at WASD office locations, http://www.miamidade.gov/waterconservation/showerhead-exchange.asp.

Also, don't forget to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Estimates suggest each person who turns off the faucet while brushing their teeth would save 1,200 gallons of water a year.

In the laundry room:
Make sure to wash only full loads in the washer. Eliminate one load a week and save 2,130 gallons of water annually. Switch to a high-efficiency washer, which uses less than half the amount of water compared to a standard washer.

For more tips about saving water inside and outside your home go to www.miamidade.gov/waterconservation