OUTDOOR AND INDOOR WATER CONSERVATION TIPS & TOOLS
OUTDOOR WATERING TIPS
- Lawn watering is NOT allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Water during cooler times of the day.
- Water no more than three days per week.
- Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
- Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
- Repair leaking sprinkler systems.
- Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds.
- Use a hose nozzle with a shut-off valve when washing your car.
- Replace large turf areas with drought tolerant plants.
- Check for and fix leaks outside of your home.
INDOOR WATERING TIPS
- Flush toilets only when necessary, and never use a toilet as a wastebasket.
- Spend five minutes or less in the shower. Showers use less water than baths.
- Fix all leaky toilets, faucets and pipes. Check for a leaky toilet by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, the toilet is leaking. Check the water supply lines under your sink for damp spots or bulges in the hose, which may indicate a leak.
- Install a low-flow shower head.
- Replace an old toilet with a high-efficiency toilet, which can pay for itself over time in water savings.
- Insulate your water heater and water pipes. Doing so will save energy and also will cut down on the amount of water that goes down the drain while waiting for hot water to flow.
- Catch water in a bucket or watering can while waiting for hot or cold water to run. Use the water on plants or use it to flush a toilet.
- Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth and lathering in the shower.
- Shave with a small amount of water in the sink instead of running water.
- Replace or install a low-flow aerator on your bathroom faucet.
Kitchen and Laundry
- Wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Try to wash two fewer loads per week.
- Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl or basin using a vegetable brush instead of letting water run. Use the extra water on plants.
- Soak dishes that need to be pre-rinsed instead of running them under water.
- Scrape dishes instead of rinsing them off before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water is cold.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator, not in a pan of water on the counter or in the sink.
- Run garbage disposals only when necessary. Compost food waste instead.
- Replace your inefficient clothes washer with a high-efficiency model.
- Replace or install a low-flow aerator on your kitchen faucet.