How You Can Save Water and Reduce Your Bill:
1. Practice smart irrigation
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Early morning is best.
- Water plants according to their water needs; you’ll have healthier plants and a lower water bill.
- Set sprinklers to water lawns and gardens only — not the street or sidewalk.
- Use soaker hoses or a trickle irrigation system for trees and shrubs.
2. Use your appliances wisely
- Wash only full loads or set small loads to the appropriate water level.
- Scrape rather than rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
- Replace old washing machines with ENERGY STAR qualified appliances that use less water.
3. Don’t flush your money down the toilet
- A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day. Check your toilet for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain the tank.)
- Look for worn out, corroded, or bent parts in a leaky toilet. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available, and easily installed.
- When replacing your toilet, look for high-efficiency models that use less than 1.3 gallons per flush.
4. Conserve around the house
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until cool. A running tap can use about two gallons of water per minute.
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving your face.
- Don’t pour water down the drain if you can use it for other projects such as watering a plant or cleaning the house.
5. Stop those leaks
- Verify that your home is leak free. Many homes have hidden leaks that can waste more than 10 percent of your water, costing both you and the environment.
- To find out if you have a leak, read your water meter before and after a two-hour period where no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
- Repair dripping faucets and showers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop perâ€¨ second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year. This waste will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities or strain your septic system. (To get the exact amount of water wasted, visit the Helpful Links section of this website and select “Calculate How Much Water You Are Wasting”.)