Water Conservation Tips

In the Bathroom
  • Allow small children to bathe together
  • Don't run water while you're brushing your teeth
  • Don't run water while you're shaving
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket
  • Install a low-flush model if you replace your toilet
  • Install low-flow shower heads and low-flow aerators on faucets
  • Place dams, plastic bottles or other devices in your toilet tank to use less water per flush
  • Take shorter showers
In the Kitchen
  • Do not use running water to thaw food
  • For cooking most foods, use only a small amount of water and put a lid on the pot. Not only does this save money, but food is more nutritious since vitamins and minerals are not poured down the drain with extra cooking water
  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running water from the tap until it is cool is wasteful
  • Never run the dishwasher without a full load and run the machine on the energy-saving cycle
  • Use the sink garbage disposal sparingly and never use it for just a few scraps
  • Use tight-fitting lids and low temperatures when cooking to reduce evaporation by boiling
  • When purchasing a dishwasher, select a machine that uses, or can be adjusted to use, less water
  • When washing dishes by hand, use a pan of water for rinsing instead of rinsing each dish under running water
In the Laundry
  • Use cold water as often as possible to save energy and to conserve the hot water for other uses
  • Use low suds or cold water detergent. Add only the amount necessary to do the job. You'll need less rinse water
  • Use the load selector to match the water level to the size of the load
  • Wash only full loads
  • When purchasing a washing machine, select a model that uses, or can be adjusted to use, less water
Landscape Watering Tips
  • Adjust sprinklers to water plants only, not the sidewalk, driveway, patio or street
  • Avoid watering on windy days or mid-day when the evaporation is higher. Water early in the morning or in the evening
  • Condition the soil, mulch, or compost before planting grass or flower beds so that water will soak in rather than run off
  • Consider decorating areas of the lawn with rocks, gravel, wood chips, or other materials available that require no water at all
  • Do not scalp lawns when mowing during the hot weather. Taller grass holds the moisture better
  • Learn to know when grass needs watering
  • To avoid excessive evaporation, use a sprinkler system that produces large drops of water, rather than a fine mist
  • Use a drip irrigation system for bedded plants, trees, or shrubs. Turn soaker hoses upside down so the holes are on the bottom. This will help avoid evaporation
  • Use a watering can or hand water with the hose in small areas of the lawn that need more frequent watering
  • Use native plants. Learn what types of grass, shrubbery, and plants do best in the area and plant accordingly. Choose plants that have low water requirements, are drought tolerant, and are adapted to the area of the state where they are planted
  • Water lawns one inch, once per week. Use the tuna can method to measure how long it takes your lawn to get an inch of water
Other Outside Areas
  • Clean gutters and downspouts manually, without using a hose
  • Restrict play in the sprinklers to when the lawn needs watering
  • Use a broom, not a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps
  • Use an on / off spray nozzle on your hose
  • Wash the car sparingly. A running hose uses at least 100 gallons every 20 minutes. Use a bucket of suds and a hose with an on-off nozzle or go to a car wash where the water is recycled
Business Suggestions
  • Alert employees on how they can save water while on the job
  • Carefully schedule irrigation to reduce water use. The time of day, the weather, and the method of irrigation all help decide when and how much to water. Monitoring soil moisture can guide careful watering
  • Conduct a water audit. As with home and community water conservation, knowing where water is used is the first step. A typical industry uses water for its manufacturing processes, for cooling, for sanitary use, and for routine maintenance and operations. A water audit will identify ways to reduce water use in each of these areas, along with estimated costs and savings
  • Reclaim and re-use commercial wastewater, whenever possible. This is probably the biggest potential source of savings. Recirculating water-cooled air conditioning systems can cut water use dramatically compared with once through systems
  • Reduce operation and maintenance water use. Little things such as hoses, equipment washing, leaky pipes and valves can add up to big water losses. Fixing these items is a good maintenance procedure for other reasons as well, including reduced energy costs and extended equipment life
  • Repair and maintain the irrigation system. Fixing leaks, scheduling mowing, and routine maintenance and operations can reduce water loss