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Ali L wrote in with this handy water-saving tip:
When I moved to Australia from the US, I realised I quickly had to give up the way I'd grown up washing dishes, which was to leave the faucet running the whole time. However, I often don't have enough dishes dirty to do the classic Aussie method of filling the whole sink with water and soap. So now I have an empty spray bottle ($2 at a discount store) that I fill with water and a long squirt of dishwashing soap. I use it to spray soapy water onto a dirty dish, then use the sink brush to clean it, and only then do I turn on the faucet, just for a few seconds, to rinse everything off. Doing that for each dish or handful of silverware means I use much less water. Another benefit is that one bottle of dishwashing soap lasts us for ages.
It's a neat idea, though if (like us) you're happy to let most dishes drain without rinsing them, even less liquid is involved. Thanks Ali!