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Three Easy Tips for Water Efficiency this Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a blur of activities from holiday parties to having friends and family come to visit. It can also mean an increase in household water use. Here are three ways to help you prepare your home for the festivities while also ensuring efficient water use this holiday season:  

  1. Deck more than the halls by making sure your kitchen and bathroom faucets are decked out with water-efficient aerators. Replacing older aerators (the screw-on tip of a faucet) with new water-efficient ones can be one of the most cost-effective water conservation measures your household can do.
  2. Your toilet may be quiet as a mouse, but are you sure it isn't leaking? Leaky toilets often make themselves known because there is a sound of running water or a faint hissing or trickling. But many times, water flows through the tank silently, which is why these leaks are often overlooked. Here's how to check your toilet for leaks before it gets its holiday workout.
  3. Replacing your old shower head with a new high efficiency one will save you water. In fact, the average household could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense showerheads.  

Get free water-saving tools like aerators, showerheads, and toilet leak detection tablets from the Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program. Or visit for more water saving tips to get you through the holidays.


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