“there are no such things as great deeds — only small ones done with great heart.” —mother theresa, founder of the missionaries of charity and nobel peace prize winner, 1979
There are many simple steps you can take to reduce your water consumption in the residential halls and at home:
- Shortening your showers by just 1-2 minutes will save up to 700 gallons/month.
- Turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving saves 3 gallons/day, which adds up to 1,095 gallons/year.
- Lower your hot-water thermostat. Every 10-degree temperature reduction saves 3 to 5 percent off your water heating bill.
- Bottle filling stations are located in all first year residence hall bathrooms and across campus. Discounts are rewarded when reusable bottles are used to purchase beverages in the dining halls.
- Drink tap water from a reusable container rather than bottled water.
- If you are having a meeting, consider using a pitcher of tap water instead of bottled water.
- Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water required more than 1.5 million barrels of oil last year.
- Filing a work order for leaky faucets is a quick, effective, and cost-free way to prevent water waste. Work orders can also be used to control your room temperature.
- Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce your hot-water consumption by half.
- Fix leaky pipes or faucets immediately.
- Wash clothes in cold water, not hot, and remember to run the washer only for full loads. Washing your clothes in cold water can save up to $400 a year in bills.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with water instead of running water for each item. Also, dishwashers use less energy than washing by hand.
- Use non-toxic cleaning materials.
The web site of the Massachusetts Water & Reservoir Authority (MWRA) has many other tips for conserving water in your dorm, house, or apartment. Or learn over 100 ways you can save water by visiting Water – Use it Wisely.