TIPS TO CONSERVE WATER
Kitchen and Laundry
Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap for a cold drink.
Avoid running water to thaw food.
Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load. Automatic dishwashers use about 15 gallons of water per load.
Don’t let water run continuously if washing dishes by hand.
Use your garbage disposal less often and compost instead.
Use the proper water level when doing laundry.
Test for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the water tank.
Install water saving fixtures; especially WaterSense products.
Dispose of tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save 3-7 gallons per flush.
A bathtub filled half full holds about 50 gallons of water. Consider showering instead.
Keep shower length under 5 minutes and save up to 1,000 gallons if using an unrestricted fixture.
Avoid letting the water run while shaving, brushing your teeth, and washing your face.
Teach children to turn faucets off tightly after use.
Avoid excessive watering. Most lawns need only an inch of water per week to stay healthy. A shallow container can be used to measure the water.
Use short cycles (5 minutes) at least an hour apart to reduce runoff.
Reduce evaporation by watering in the evening or early in the morning.
Set sprinklers carefully to avoid watering paved areas.
Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist, which increases evaporation.
Aerate the soil in the spring and fall to reduce runoff.
Keep the grass 2-3" long to enhance root development with minimal watering.
Install a Rain Barrel and use the water for plants, to wash the car or water the lawn.
Plant water efficient grasses, plants, trees, and shrubs.
Use mulch to help the soil retain moisture and to reduce the growth of weeds.
Use drip irrigation to water plants, trees, and shrubs.
Plant in the spring or fall, when watering requirements are lower.
Other Outdoor Tips
Shut off and drain the water lines to outside spigots in the winter to prevent damage and costly repairs from freezing.
Avoid using the hose to clean areas that could be swept with a broom.
Run the water only to wet and rinse when washing vehicles and use a bucket for wash water.
(Try to wash on the grass where the water can percolate to reduce water quality impacts. Storm drains lead directly to our streams.)