Conservation Tips


  • Take 5 minute showers or less
  • Only fill the bathtub half way. An average tub can hold 50 gallons of water
  • Install a low-flow shower head to reduce water use by 50%
  • Toilet Leak - Put some drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait twenty minutes (do not flush!) If there is coloring in the bowl, you have a leak.


  • Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher
  • Run load on short cycle to save 3-4 gallons a load
  • Thaw frozen food in refrigerator and not under running water
  • Keep water in the fridge to avoid waiting for cold water to come out of the faucet
  • Install a low-flow faucet to save 2.5 gallons of water per minute

Laundry Room

  • Wait until you have a full load to wash clothes, save about 30 gallons of water for each small load not washed
  • When buying a new washer, choose a front loading washer which uses one third less water than top loaders

Lawn, Garden, Backyard, etc.

  • Water lawn in morning and evening to prevent rapid evaporation during the middle of the day
  • Use a nozzle which can be shut off or adjusted to a fine spray – save 5 gallons per minute
  • Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to remove leaves and debris from a driveway or sidewalk
  • Cover swimming pool to slow down the evaporation of water from it
  • Visit a car wash that recycles water
  • Wrap hot water pipes with insulation to avoid waiting for hot water