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Consumer can help conserve by cutting indoor use

The South Tahoe Public Utility District plans only to regulate outdoor water use this summer.

However, STPUD officials encourage property owners to conserve water indoors as well. That could help keep the district from needing to impose more stringent restrictions.

Some of the district’s water-usage tips include:

n Take a five-minute shower instead of a bath. That can save 15 gallons per shower.

n Bathe in a tub less than half-filled with water. Saves 10 to 15 gallons per bath.

n Don’t use toilets as trash cans or ash trays. Flush only when essential. Saves at least 12 gallons a day per person.

n When brushing teeth, use a glass of water instead of running the tap. Saves 3 or more gallons per brushing.

n When shaving, instead of running water, partially fill the sink using a stopper. Saves about 3 gallons per shave.

n Hand wash dishes in a filled sink, not with running water. Saves about 25 gallons per wash.

n Wait to run an automatic dishwasher until there is a full load. Saves 10 to 12 gallons per cycle.

n Run an automatic dishwasher load on short cycles rather than standard cycles. Saves 3 to 4 gallons per load.

n Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator instead of running it at the tap until it cools. Saves about 2 gallons per drink.

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