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The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which supplies about 200 million gallons of water daily to residents across Greater Boston, has some tips for how people can conserve water — and cut down on their water bills.
■ Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving. That saves 1 to 2 gallons per minute.
■ Shorter showers can save big time, up to 2 to 4 gallons per minute.
■Find and fix leaks. Leaks in faucets and showerheads are obvious; not so obvious are leaks in toilets, under sinks, or behind a washing machine, which can be significant and can also damage floors and ceilings. To see whether a toilet has a leak, crush a dye tablet into the center of the toilet tank. After 10 minutes, if no dye has appeared in the bowl, there is probably no leak.