Water Conservation

  • Turn off water when NOT in use.
  • Do not let water run while brushing teeth.
  • When washing dishes, use the sink and do not run the water constantly.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Check for leaks and fix them.
  • Do not flush trash down the toilet.
  • Keep a cool water bottle in the refrigerator so you do not have to run the water.
  • Only run washing machines and dishwashers when there is a full load.
  • Use a bucket and a hose with a nozzle when washing a car.
  • Plant native trees and plants that do not need much watering.
  • Plant grass or other ground cover on bare soil.
  • Do not cut your lawn too low.
  • Water your lawn in early morning hours to lessen evaporation.
  • Do not dump trash or chemicals in water. Storm drains have no filters. They end at a stream or river.
  • Add mulch around trees and plants.
  • Minimize your use of pesticides and fertilizers and always follow the directions on the package.
  • Do not dump trash or chemicals in waterways or ditches that may lead to them.
  • Reuse water from a fish tank to water plants.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste properly.

More tips:

Do a Water Meter Audit

After two hours, without using water, check it again. If it has changed, there is a leak in the system.

Check your toilet for leaks

Place a dye tablet or 10 drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. After twenty minutes, look at the water in the bowl. If the water is the color of the dye, you have a leak.

Find out how much water your shower uses

Hold a bucket in the spray of water for five seconds. Use a measuring cup to determine the number of ounces in the bucket. There are eight ounces in a cup. Multiply ounces by 12 to determine ounces per minute. Then, divide by 128 to determine gallons per minute. If your shower head's flow is greater than three gallons per minute, you should consider installing a water saving shower head.  

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