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Which method of washing dishes uses the least amount of water?

The City of Redding released information about water usage and conservation while sharing how to report water waste.

Posted: May 15, 2021 12:45 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 11:37 AM

REDDING, Calif. - The City of Redding wants to prepare residents for the present and future drought conditions by providing education on water conservation.

According to the City of Redding, using an energy-efficient dishwasher means that a person would use 3-5 gallons of water per a load of dishes. Alternatively, handwashing dishes can take up to 8 gallons of water.

The City advises that whenever possible, put dishes in a dishwasher in order to make every drop of water count.

Older washing machines use 29-45 gallons of water per load, as compared with the use of 15-30 gallons her load by using a high-efficiency machine.

Someone brushing their teeth can use 2 gallons of water a minute if a faucet is left running. Alternatively, less than a quart of water is used if the faucet is turned on for rinsing the toothbrush only.

Also, these facts were shared about toilet water use. 3.5-5 gallons of water per flush are used on older toilets. Newer toilets only use 1.2 to 1.6 gallons of water.

Someone taking a bath could use 30-42 gallons of water in the process, vs. only using 2.5 gallons a minute with a low-flow showerhead.

CLICK HERE for more water conservation tips. CLICK HERE for water-smart gardening tips.

All water waste violation reports for the City of Redding must include the reporting party's contact information (name, address, and phone number) as well as the date and the time of the violation. Anonymous reports cannot be acted upon, according to the City's  Public Works Department, the agency responsible for receiving and responding to incidents of water waste. CLICK HERE to report water waste in the City of Redding.

Did you know a leaking water faucet could use up to one cup of water per minute, equaling 90 gallons per day?

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