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The average household uses about 11 percent of its total indoor water in the kitchen. Water is used in the kitchen in a variety of ways: washing dishes ( in a dishwasher and by hand), and for general cooking and cleaning purposes. By carefully planning your activities, you can reduce water used in the kitchen significantly!

 
Washing Dishes
 
The dishwasher is one of the biggest water users in the kitchen. A typical dishwasher uses about 25 gallons of water per load. However, some of the newer, more energy- and water-efficient models use as little as 13 gallons of water per load.

As you know, the more dishes you can get into the dishwasher per load, the more efficiently the water is used! So only do full loads of dishes, and youíll be using your water wisely.

If you donít have a dishwasher, try filling each side of the sink with water - one side with soapy water, the other with clean water. Just like with the dishwasher, try to do as many dishes as you can when hand washing. Depending on the size of your sink, you will be using approximately 10 gallons of water per "load". If you only have one sink, start by first filling the basin with soapy water, washing your dishes and stacking them, then draining the sink and filling it with clean water to rinse.
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Cooking
 
Did you know that some of the water you use in cooking could be resued for other purposes? Try keeping your water from cooked vegetables or pasta to use later in watering your houseplants, or even outdoors! Many times the water contains nutrients that will actually benefit your plants!

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Cleaning
 

Try to identify which activities you could perform without the water running. For instance, filling the sink with a little bit of cold water to wash vegetables is much more efficient than letting the water run.

If there are times in your kitchen activities where you prefer to leave the water running, try installing a kitchen faucet aerator. In contrast to bathroom faucet aerators, kitchen faucet aerators actually put out more water per minute.
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