Water Conservation

10 Things YOU Can Do To Conserve Water In The Residence Halls

  1. Less Time = Water Saved. Take shorter showers.
  2. Every Other Day. Try showering every other day unless you've exercised strenuously.
  3. Hand-Washing. When washing your hands, use only enough water to wet your hands, then turn off the faucet and lather up. Then turn the faucet back on to rinse off the soap. Every drop counts!
  4. Fix That Leak. Report leaking faucets and showers - contact Facilities at 704‑687‑7502 or hrlfacilities@uncc.edu.
  5. Clean Teeth With Half The Water. Turn off faucet while actually brushing your teeth, only turning on to rinse your toothbrush and mouth. Saves three gallons each day!
  6. In The Laundry Room. Only do laundry when you have a full load, or share a machine with your roommate if you need to wash less than a full load.
  7. In The Bathroom. Put a plastic bottle or a plastic bag weighted with pebbles and filled with water in your toilet tank. Displacing water in this manner allows you to use less water with each flush. Saves 5 to 10 gallons a day.
  8. Shave More Conservatively. Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor. Saves three gallons each day.
  9. Dish Duty. When washing dishes (apartment kitchens or community kitchens), use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month.
  10. Thirst Breaks. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking. Saves 200 to 300 gallons a month.