Together we can save 150 billion gallons of water per year.

That's billions. With a B.


Every time we pre-rinse our dishes we waste up to 20 gallons of water.

Yup, that’s a lot of wasted water, but there’s an easy way to make a difference. Skip the Rinse. And if we all started a new habit and stopped pre-rinsing our dishes, together we could save America 150 billion gallons of water in just one year.

The Problem

Why saving water matters

Why saving water matters

America could soon be facing a water crisis. 40 of 50 US states are potentially facing an upcoming drought, but together we can help prevent it. And that begins with paying attention to our daily water habits at home.

The Solution

Don’t believe you could be wasting 20 gallons?

Don’t believe you could be wasting 20 gallons?

Believe the facts. Independent researchers recruited people to pre-rinse dirty dishes and load them into a dishwasher as they would at home. The water used was recorded via flowmeters and the eye-opening results were confirmed by EnergyStar. 

The Result

How much is 150 billion gallons of water?

How much is 150 billion gallons of water?

Enough water to:

  • Fill over 1000 Rose Bowl stadiums. 
  • Supply all of Los Angeles for over a year.
  • Equal the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in two days.

Take the Pledge

When you pledge to Skip the Rinse, your household could save 2,995 gallons of water per year.

So far...


Gallons saved

Thank you!

Together we can save billions of gallons of water per year. Scroll below to learn more about the issues and what you can do to spread the word.

Between July 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 Finish will contribute $1 to The Nature Conservancy for every #SkiptheRinse pledge taken on the Finish website for a minimum contribution of $100,000 and a maximum contribution of $400,000. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. More information about the Conservancy is available by mail at 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington Virginia 22203, by phone at (800) 628-6860 or at




Government-backed research predicts serious water shortages across the United States with the possibility of many water supplies being reduced by one-third within 50 years. This threat to our water security is a challenge everyone can help solve. From federal government to individual households, if we all save more water, we can save our water future.

If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase at their current rate, there is an 80% chance of a drought lasting longer than 30 years in the Central Plains. Only by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels can we stave off this impending disaster.
In 2019 a low snowpack brought drought to half of Washington State, hard on the heels of the historically low snowpack of 2015. Water Authorities are being urged to monitor supply, urgently fix leaks, and educate consumers on water conservation.
New York
Water filtration plants that purify drinking water for cities cost around $10 billion to build and $100 million to run. But New York City has invested $1.7 billion to protect its pristine water supply so that 90% of its one billion gallons a day, safely hits faucets untreated.
Despite being the source of four major river systems supplying 17 states, Colorado experienced nearly 20 years of drought conditions. The Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan could save the river by sharing its water more equitably.
An average annual rainfall of 51 inches may no longer be enough to recharge Florida’s freshwater aquifers as high growth rate stress the water supply and increase saltwater intrusion. Refilling aquifers with excess runoff and treated wastewater could help.
Water filtration plants that purify drinking water for cities cost around $10 billion to build and $100 million to run. But New York City has invested $1.7 billion to protect its pristine water supply so that 90% of its one billion gallons a day, safely hits faucets untreated.
By 2050, Cleveland’s average annual temperature could rise by more than 5°F, giving it a climate similar to present-day Kentucky, 350 miles to the south. With access to the Great Lakes, Cleveland could at least cool down with a relatively steady water supply.
When a severe drought hit New Mexico, some farmers were forced to abandon their fields with water extractions limited to under one third of normal. However, some farmers have switched to planting more drought-resistant crops like beans.
San Diego is one of America’s fastest growing cities with over 1.4 million citizens to provide for. The Carlsbad Desalination Plant near San Diego turns 100 million gallons of seawater into 50 million gallons of freshwater every day.
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Nearly 70% of the planet’s surface is water
Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh
Only 1% of freshwater is easily accessible
Total usable water = 0.007%

When clouds fill with too much water it falls as precipitation—mostly rain. The average global rainfall is 39 inches.
Evaporation from the sea forms clouds. Seawater can also be made into freshwater through desalination.
Water in streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs is called surface water.
Snow that collects on mountains is called snowpack. This is released as snowmelt that feeds surface water.
There are 81 million more people each year with global water demand set to grow 20-30% by 2050.
An estimated 80% of wastewater is untreated, contaminating water supplies with human, agricultural, and industrial pollutants.
In the U.S., almost a trillion gallons of water is lost to leaks each year. The average home leaks 10,000 gallons a year.
Water that seeps into the ground and collects in aquifers—subterranean areas that hold water—is called groundwater.
We waste water by running faucets, showers, sprinklers, and flushing unnecessarily.
By 2050, average temperatures could be 1°F to 5.7°F warmer, increasing global demand for water.
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Knowing how and where we waste water can inspire us to take positive action. There are many things that each and every one of us can do to reduce our water consumption, and the actions we take as individuals can make a big difference. Collectively we need to reduce our water consumption to reduce the threat of severe water stress.

Tap each room to find out more
Tap each room to find out more

An efficient modern toilet uses just 1.6 gallons of water per flush and could save an average family around 13,000 gallons per year

High efficiency shower heads can use as little as 0.75 gallons per minute , saving 11 gallons per shower

Switching from top loader to front loader saves up to 70% water, which is around 9,500 gallons of water per household per year

Not pre-rinsing before loading the dishwasher could save as much as 20 gallons of water and make the detergent more effective

Faucets fitted with flow-controlled aerators use no more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute, saving around 700 gallons per year

Switching from a clock timer to a WaterSense-labeled irrigation controller can save 7,600 gallons or more per year


New Finish Quantum is designed to work without the need for pre-rinsing, cleaning your dishes to a shine. But you may be asking yourself: ‘Where does the food go?’. Our new ActiveBlu Technology is powered by enzymes that break down stuck-on food particles. So, all you have to do is give your dirty dishes a quick scrape and then put them right into the dishwasher.


In 2012, we set a goal of reducing our water usage by 35% in our manufacturing sites by the year 2020. We were able to hit our target by 2017 and currently our water use is down 38% since 2012. Through innovations like ActiveBlu Technology and more, we are working to identify further ways to reduce water usage in how we make our products and in how you use them.