Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection
Become Water Wise with LICAP

• Reducing shower times to less than five minutes can save as much as 1,000 gallons a month.

• A family of four that turns off the faucets while brushing their teeth can save up to 200 gallons.

• Fix leaky faucets and spigots. One drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons a year.

• Install Water conserving Appliances and Fixtures. They are cost-effective and can dramatically reduce water use. The average home, retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, can save 30,000 gallons per year.  Check for EPA’s WaterSense label when purchasing new appliances.

• Don’t Let Water Run - Turn off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving, and soaping up your hands. This can save gallons a day.

• Fill it Up – When running the clothes washer or dishwasher, always wash full loads.

• Aerate your Faucet – Installing a WaterSense labeled aerator on your faucets is one of the most cost effective means to use water more wisely in your home. You can increase the faucet’s efficiency by 30 percent without decreasing performance.

• Irrigate Properly – Install a weather-based SMART irrigation controller which will ensure your irrigation system only operates when it needs to. Also, set timers properly and install rain shut-off devices and moisture sensors, if one isn’t built-in, to reduce excess watering. Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure they are not damaged or malfunctioning. Adjust sprinklers so they are not spraying water on paved surfaces such as the sidewalk, driveway, or road. These steps will also save you energy. (Enter the LICAP Smart Sprinkler System Lottery - see form below)

• Choose Low-Maintenance Lawns - Consider using native ground cover that requires little water in place of lawn areas.

• Mulch – Mulch your gardens and flower beds to prevent water loss through evaporation and help keep your soil moist.

• Sweep vs. Hose - Sweep outdoor surfaces with a broom instead of using a hose. 

• Go to the Car Wash – Wash your vehicle at a car wash that recycles its water rather than doing it yourself at home.