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Indoor Conservation
Pipes & Hardware
  • Check for leaks
  • Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up
  • Consider installing an “instant” water heater on sinks that are located from main waterheaters so the water doesn’t run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household. These units are sometimes referred to as “point of use” water heaters.
  • Fix faucets

Bathroom
  • Fix toilet leaks. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts.
  • Take shorter showers and replace showerheads with an ultra-low-flow showerhead. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  • Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only one-third full.
  • Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face.
  • Retrofit household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

Bathroom
  • Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Rinse in another basin filled with hot, clear water.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run for a cool glass of water.
  • Do not run water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
Outdoor Conservation
Your Lawn
  • It’s easy to over-water your lawn! A good rain can eliminate the need for watering for as long as two weeks. If your grass springs back up after you step on it, it does not need to be watered.
  • Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
  • If you see water runoff from your yard each time you water, it could mean that the lawn needs aeration. When you aerate your lawn, you give the water somewhere to go besides down the storm drain.
  • Irrigation & Sprinklers
  • Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position sprinklers so that water lands on the lawn and shrubs, not paved areas.
  • Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Microsprinklers, drip irrigation, high efficiency nozzles and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.
  • Do a weekly check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads and replace them right away.
Gardening
  • Raise your lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds in soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.
  • Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water especially in the summer months. Don’t fertilize monthly; instead, apply fertilizers, which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
  • Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.
  • Plant drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. They require less watering and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering
Maintenance
  • Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas
  • Outfit your hose with a nozzle that stops water flow completely when not actually using the water. Remember to turn off the water at the faucet when you are finished using the hose.
  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours. Use a timer to remind yourself to turn it off.
  • Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly. Replace hose washers to eliminate leaks.
Car Wash
  • Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. Ask at the car wash if they recycle water: often they will display a sign stating that they do.
  • If you wash your own car, use a bucket for the soapy water and a shut-off nozzle for your hose