Water Conservation Tips

Save Water & Money
You'd be surprised at how much water is being wasted in your home, and how much money you can save by following simple conservation tips.


  • Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths. Turn off the water flow while soaping or shampooing.
  • If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.
  • Bathe small children together.
Kitchen & Laundry
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin. Use a vegetable brush.
  • Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Use a dishpan for washing and rinsing dishes.
  • Do not use a larger pan than necessary when preparing food.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
  • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
  • Operate the dishwasher only when completely full.
  • Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
Household Fixtures & Appliances
  • Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. To detect leaks in the toilet, add food coloring to the tank water. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the toilet is leaking.
  • There is no such thing as a little drip. A leaky faucet with a drip of just 1/16 of an inch can waste 10 gallons of water every day. Fixing a leaky hot water faucet not only saves water, it also saves the expense of heating water that is going to waste. Replace worn washers or valve seats.
  • Install ultra-low flow toilets, or place a plastic container filled with water or gravel in the tank of your conventional toilet. Be sure it does not interfere with operation of the toilet's flush mechanisms.
  • Install low-flow aerators and shower heads.
  • Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine that can save over 50% in water and energy use.
  • Use water from your dehumidifier and fish tank to water plants.
  • Insulate hot water pipes to minimize running water until the hot water arrives.
Outside the Home
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.
  • Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • When using a hose, control the flow. Shut off water when not in use.
  • Avoid purchasing recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.
  • Cover swimming pools to prevent evaporation and lower the water level to prevent splash out.
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only - not the street or sidewalk.
  • Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
  • Raise your lawn mower cutting height - longer grass blades help shade each other, cut down on evaporation, and inhibit weed growth.
  • Mow your lawn as infrequently as possible - the stress of mowing causes grass to use more water.
  • Do not over fertilize your lawn. This promotes excessive growth and requires additional watering.
  • Be sure to remove weeds or other unwanted growth that compete for water.
  • Investigate whether brown areas in lawns are being caused by insects or disease rather than lack of water.
  • Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water.