Why Should I
When you use less water in your home you will see a noticeable savings on
your water and energy bills over the course of a year.
When you conserve
water, you are helping to ensure that existing capacities in the water and
wastewater systems are used efficiently and that more people can be
served. Water conservation can reduce the need to build new and costly
water and wastewater treament facilities, and keep your rates as low as
When you conserve
water you help to ensure that there is enough water to sustain future
growth. Approximately 68% of our water comes from aquifers deep in the
earth. These aquifers are showing signs of localized stress. Excessive
withdrawals from the aquifer can impact surface water levels and local
natural features. Water conservation is the responsibility of everyone, do
Where Can I
In Your Bathroom
Use the toilet only for its intended purpose, solids thrown into a
toilet must be removed in the treatment process, that costs you money.
Place a brick or sandfilled plastic bottle in the toilet tank to use
less water per flush. Replace pre-1993 toilets with new low -flow
toilets (1.6 gallons per flush).
You can take shorter showers. You can wet down, turn the water off, soap
up, then turn the water back on to rinse off. You can install a low-flow
You should turn the water off when you are shaving, washing your hands,
and brushing your teeth and turn it back on whehn you need it. You can
install a low-flow faucet (2.5 gallons per minute).
In Your Kitchen
- Fill both basins of a split sink to hand wash and rinse dishes, or
rinse very sparingly.
When using a dishwasher wash only full loads not several partial loads,
and use shorter cycles whenever possible.
Disposal - Compost as many food wastes as possible. This can save
water usage and power consumption, and can reduce the amount of solid
wastes that must be removed from wastewater during the treatment
In Your Laundry Room
- Wash full loads rather than several partial loads whenever possible.
If you are doing a small load of laundry you should select a lower water
In Your Yard
Yard & Lawn
Care - You should not over-water your lawn or garden, healthy grass
requires 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall and
watering. Water your lawn and garden in the morning when less water is
lost to evaporation. Direct rain from your downspouts to your lawn and
garden rather than to your driveway, sidewalk or street. Cut grass to
2.5 to 3 inches so it won't dry out as rapidly. Don't use water to clean
your driveway, sidewalk, porch or deck, use a broom instead.
- Use water sparingly. Wash at a commercial self-car wash that recycles
wash water. Use a bucket to wash your car at home, rather than letting
the hose run continuously. Utilize a nozzle to restrict water flow and
significantly reduce water use. Wash your car on the lawn to keep water
from flowing down the driveway where it can run to a storm drain.
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