Conservation Measures

Conservation measures for indoors:

  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc. A slow drip can waste 15 – 20 gallons of water per day; approximately 6,000 per year.
  • Check toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank.~Watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. You can lose up to 100 gallons per day from these otherwise invisible leaks. Fix it and you can save more than 30,000 gallons per year.
  • Use your meter to detect hidden leaks. Look at your meter reading; shut off all taps and water using appliances, then check the meter after 15 minutes. If it moved, you have a leak.
  • Replace old fixtures; install water-saving devices in faucets, toilets and appliances.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Do not use the toilet for trash disposal.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Soak dished before washing them.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full. Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded.

Conservation measures for outdoors:

  • Water the lawn and garden in the early morning or evening.
  • Use mulch around plants and shrubs.
  • Repair leaks in faucets and hoses.
  • Use water-saving nozzles.
  • Use water from a bucket to wash your car, and save the hose for rinsing.