If it's yellow...

Reduce the number of flushes per
day to save water and lower your
water bill.
If it’s yellow let it mellow; if it's brown flush it down.

We admit this suggestion isn’t for everyone, but there is some value to the saying, “If it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down.” If you aren’t familiar with this saying, it means to allow urine to sit in the toilet and to wait until a #2 comes along before flushing.

According to the American Water Works Association, toilets are the largest daily user of water in the home. New toilets use 1.6 gallons of clean drinking water for each flush, or as much as 9,319 gallons a year; toilets in older homes can use about 20,384 gallons a year*. This is a lot of good water going down the toilet!

Reducing flushing can cut down on water use in your home. Not ready to “let it mellow”? You can also cut down on flushes by putting used facial tissue in the trash. Capture bugs and release the critters outside instead of flushing. Or try not flushing the toilet before bed. This way you don’t have to explain the saying to visitors.

Come on! Conserve: WATER U waiting 4?

*Estimated for a family of four, each flushing 4 times a day.