1700 Beaver Grade Rd Ste. 200 Moon Township, PA 15108 • 412-264-4300 • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Quality water provided by the Moon Township Municipal Authority is a valuable community asset. We ask that you use it wisely.

Learn how to save water in the
Bathroom
Kitchen
Laundry
Outside

To see how much water saving appliances reduce your water bill, please view our
Comparison chart

How To Save Water in the
Bathroom

The bathroom is where most of the home’s water is used –so, it is the place where you can save the most.

Toilet

  • Flush only when necessary. Don’t use your toilet for a garbage disposal and/or trash can. Consider installing a low-flow toilet (required for replacements and new installations).
  • Install a water-saving displacement device.
  • Check overflow pipes to be sure that water isn’t draining. Simply add dark food coloring to tank water. DON’T FLUSH! Check water in toilet bowl 90 minutes later. Color in the toilet bowl means you have a leak.
  • ONLY toilet paper may be flushed down the toilet.  Flushing wipes, diapers, feminine products, etc may cause clogging in the home owners’ pipes and also the authority system.

Sinks

  • Fill bowl with water instead of letting water run when you wash or shave.
  • Use a cup to rinse after brushing your teeth. Don’t let the
    water run.
  • Repair leaks, attend to drips promptly.
  • Install water saving devices. Try a faucet aerator to reduce
    amount of water used.

Tub or Shower

  • Take shallow baths and plug the drain before you run water. Keep showers short with pressure at low force. Re-use bath water to water your lawn or shrubs or for heavy cleaning jobs like floors or cars. Install water-saving devices. Use a low-flow showerhead, flow restrictor or cut off valve (lets you shut off water at shower head while soaping up and shampooing without changing the faucet setting).

How To Save Water in the Kitchen

The kitchen is an excellent place for conservation. Be especially conscious of running water and use it sparingly.

Dishwasher

  • Economize. Do only full loads. Avoid using extra cycles. Choose a water-saving model.
  • Repair leaks. Inspect all connections to make sure they are
    tight and dry.

Hand Washing Dishes

  • Scrape dishes, but don’t pre-rinse. Soak pots and pans before washing. Instead of running water continuously, fill wash and rinse basins with water. Use minimum amount of detergent.

Garbage Disposal

  • Use sink disposal unit sparingly (but never use without running water). Better yet, use a garbage can or compost heap instead. A garbage disposal unnecessarily adds loading to the wastewater treatment plant, uses water and electricity and can clog plumbing.

Food Preparation

  • Use a brush and bowl full of water to wash vegetables. Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator, not under running water. Cook vegetables with a minimum amount of water and save cooking water for soup stock.

Drinking Water

  • Instead of cooling water by running, keep a container of cold water in the refrigerator. Make only the amount of coffee, tea, etc. you expect to consume.

How To Save Water in the Laundry

More than 10 percent of all water used at home is used in the washing machine, so even small investments of time and money can payoff in the long run.

Clothes Washer

  • Use the load selector to match water level to size of load. (If no selector, then only do full loads.) Presoak heavily soiled items. Always use minimum amount of detergent.
  • Check faucets and hose connections for leaks. Repair or replace when necessary. Inspect pipes for pinhole or leaking joints. Check fill hose for swelling, replace when necessary.
  • If buying a new washer, purchase one with conservation features. Choose a washer with load size selector or variable water level control.
  • Only use a second rinse when necessary

How To Save Water Outside the Home

The rate of consumption for water-saving devices or products varies significantly. Please check the packaging on the plumbing fixture or product you purchase to determine the water efficiency of your merchandise. Warm weather means more outdoor activities — and more outdoor water use. Be as careful and efficient outdoors as you are inside the home.

Hoses

  • Check hose and connectors. Repair or replace leaky parts or sections.
  • Use a nozzle that can be shut off or adjusted to fine spray.
    When finished, shut off at the house instead of at nozzle to avoid
    leaks. Consider a water-saving, timer-controlled drip irrigation
    system that provides a slow steady supply of water to garden and
    shrubbery.

Lawn& Garden

  • Water slowly and thoroughly during cool, windless hours, as infrequently as possible. Don’t water from 9 AM – 5 PM. Let grass grow taller in hot weather. Use mulch in the garden and around shrubs to save moisture. Plant native and other shrubs that don’t need a lot of watering. Consider alternatives to big thirsty lawns.
  • Re-using water is a good idea. Some cleaning water and pool water is fine for watering lawn and garden.

Car

  • Rinse car once, wash from bucket of soapy water, and rinse quickly again.
  • Use an automatic shutoff sprayer.
  • Used water is fine for chrome, hubcaps, and wheels.

Driveways & Walkways

  • Use a broom or rake instead of water to remove leaves,
    clippings, debris.

Pool

    • Keep level low to minimize splashing. Use a cover to slow
      evaporation (keeps water cleaner, too).
    • Check walls, filtration systems, and inlets; repair where
      needed.

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