Tips from Water Providers

If water supplies were low, how would you conserve?

There are many ways we can save water. Did you know that in the average house, two thirds of indoor water is used in the bathroom? Take some time to go through your house or apartment and look for ways to conserve! 


  • Check toilets for leaks by placing food dye into the tank and see if color appears in the toilet bowl without flashing. A leak in the toilet can waste thousands of gallons a month. 
  • Place a plastic container or water dam in the tank. This takes up room and saves water on each flush without impairing the efficiency of older toilets. 
  • Take shorter showers. This saves 5 to 10 gallons per minute. 
  • Replace the shower head with a low flow showerhead. These may be available through your power or natural gas provider. 
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even a small drip can waste more than 1,500 gallons a month. 
  • Turn off the faucets while shaving or brushing your teeth. 
  • Don't drown the trash. Using the toilet as a trash can wastes up to 5 gallons per flush. 


  • Employ an efficient faucet aerator. Aerators will restrict flow without interfering with efficiency. 
  • Use faucets at less than full pressure. 
  • Hand wash dishes by filling the sink or dishpan for washing and another for rinsing. 
  • Fill the sink to wash vegetables and other foods instead of rinsing them. 
  • Keep a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap water until it is cold. 
  • Only run a full load of dishes in the dishwasher. 
  • Scrape dishes instead of using the pre-rinse cycle. 
  • Use the shortest running cycle for each dishwasher job. 

Clothes Washing 

  • The average clothes washer uses 43 gallons per load. To minimize water use, use water levels appropriate to the load size. 
  • Don't use the optional rinse cycle unless your clothes are really dirty. 

Outdoor Use

  • Water lawns deeply and less frequently. You may find that due to soil conditions or slopes in your yard, water may run off if you water for extender periods. Several short repeated watering may be necessary to avoid runoff. 
  • Adjust sprinklers to water the lawn, not the pavement. 
  • Water early in the morning or late in the evening. 
  • Change watering schedule seasonally. 
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the walkways. 
  • Do not allow the hose to run while you wash your car. Use a nozzle that will automatically shut off between rinses. 
  • Use drip irrigation in your planted beds and garden. 
  • Your lawn only needs 1" of water a week - this includes rainfall. If water puddles or runs off your lawn, divide your watering time in half. 
  • Use a tuna can to measure lawn sprinkling. Place 3-5 cans at different distances from your sprinkler, then run he sprinkler for 30 minutes. What is the average depth of water in the cans? Multiply the average by two to determine how many inches of water are applied in an hour. Divide that length of time by two if you plan to water twice a week, or by three if you are watering three times a week.