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You can conserve water in your kitchen without sacrificing taste or cleanliness. 

  • Automatic dishwashers claim the most water in kitchens — about 12 gallons per run.  The secret here is to make sure the washer is fully loaded before you turn it on.  It’s going to take 12 gallons whether there’s a full load of dishes or just a couple of cups.
  • Don’t bother rinsing the dishes in the sink before you put them in the dishwasher.  Scrape them clean and let the machine do the rest.
  • Are you the dishwasher in your household? Remember not to wash dishes with the water running. A sink full of wash water and one of rinse water will do the job just as well.
  • Don’t let the faucet run when you scrub vegetables or prepare other foods, either. Put a stopper in the sink and use the water collected in the sink instead.
  • And for a cold drink of water, don’t stand at the sink and let the water run endlessly.  Fill a jug with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a refreshing cold drink anytime.
— American Water Works Association