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Conservation Tips

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Make it your goal to:

  • Keep an eye on your water bill to look for high charges that may indicate a leak.
  • Educate your kids on water conservation. Make it fun! See our kid's page.

Indoor and Outdoor Conservation Tips (PDF)

Indoor Conservation Tips

  • faucetSelect correct water level for laundry loads. Better yet, wash only full loads.
  • Install low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • Fix leaky toilets and fixtures as soon as they are detected.
  • Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths.
  • Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
  • Run your dishwasher only with full loads. Most new dishwashers do not require pre-rinsing.
  • Use a stopper on the sink when rinsing fruits and vegetables.
  • Install a high-efficiency clothes washer - this can save up to 30% water and 50% energy.
  • When cleaning fish tanks, use the dirty water to water your houseplants – it’s rich in natural fertilizers.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables over a tub and use the water to give a plant a drink.
  • Try not using the garbage disposal since it uses a lot of water . Compost instead.
  • Insulate hot water pipes. It won’t take as long to get hot water to your faucet while the cold water goes down the drain
  • When washing dishes, have a tub for wash water so that you will only need to run the faucet to rinse.

Outdoor Conservation Tips

  • water hoseGo to commercial car washes that recycle water and keep soap out of the storm drain instead of doing it yourself in the driveway.
  • When washing cars, use a trigger nozzle that automatically turns off.
  • Don’t water when it’s windy.
  • Sweep rather than hose off sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways.
  • Position sprinklers so that they are not spraying the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Use drought-tolerant plants in the garden.
  • Water only in the morning or evening.
  • Turn your irrigation system off on rainy days or install a weather-based irrigation controller to take care of this for you.
  • Use mulch around plantings to hold in moisture.
  • Consider using drip irrigation for trees and shrubs.
  • Know where your house water shut-off valve is located and show everyone in the household, in case of emergency.
  • Cover swimming pools when not in use. An average sized pool can lose approximately 1,000 gallons of water per month, when left uncovered.
  • Water landscape in shorter increments more frequently to reduce runoff and allow for better absorption.
  • Adjust mower for higher grass. Longer grass shades roots and retains moisture better.
  • Direct rain runoff from your downspouts to trees and shrubs.
  • Group plants that have similar water needs so that you can irrigate effectively in zones.
  • Don’t use decorative water features that will lose water to evaporation.
  • Use sprinklers that water using large drops rather than mist, which evaporates in the air.

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