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Water Conservation

Know the location of your Water Shut Off Valve


Everyone in your household should know the location of your shut-off valve.  If a pipe bursts due to frigid weather temperatures or for any other reason, turn the valve to the off position.


Inside Water Conservation


When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full

Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.


Outside Water Conservation


Swimming pools


Cover your swimming pool when not in use to reduce evaporation.  The can save you up to 1,000 gallons a month.

Check for leaks around your pumps.

Lawn Care


Do your lawn watering early in the morning, between 4 and 6 a.m., when water demand is low.  This will also minimize evaporation are cooler and winds are lighter.

Sprinkling at night is fine for dry climates, but in humid climates the relatively cool, moist conditions can create an ideal environment for lawn diseases to develop.

Don't water your lawn too much. If you use a hose, buy timer attachments (found at most hardware stores) that hook on between the faucet and the hose, or set a kitchen timer for 15 or 20 minutes to remind you to turn-off or move the sprinkler to a new location.

Sweep outside with a broom, not the hose. Rinsing your driveway with water for just five minutes uses some 25 gallons of water.

Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.

Water your summer lawns once every three days.

Set your lawnmower blades high.  Three inches helps grass develop deeper roots, retain moisture and keeps nutrients in the soil.

Before Cold Weather or the First Freeze:


Disconnect all outside hoses and turn off all outside faucets.

If you have an irrigation system, turn off the water to that system and drain the entire system.

Look into insulating water pipes that may be exposed to the elements.


Water Conservation Tips

Change Habits

  • Brushing teeth – Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Shaving – use a couple inches of water in the sink to rinse
  • Dishes – fill the sink to rinse
  • Vegetables – fill the sink to rinse them
  • Toilet flushing – flush only when needed; don’t use to dispose of trash
  • Bath – take shallow baths and keep showers short
  • Laundry – full loads save the most water
  • Dishwasher – full loads save the most water

Repair Leaks

  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks
  • Toilet – add food coloring to the toilet tank water, and check the bowl in
    15 minutes (don’t flush). Color in the toilet bowl probably means there’s a leak.
  • Outside – check hose connections, pool and filtration systems, irrigation systems
  • Meter – check to see if there are leaks by reading the meter at night before going to bed when no water will be used, then read the meter again in the morning. If there is a change in the number then there is a leak somewhere in the home.

Install Water Saving Devices

  • install water-efficient or low-flow fixtures
  • use displacement devices (to reduce amount of water used in older toilets)
  • use Rain Barrels for outdoor watering

Tips for Water Savings Outdoors

  • Car Washing – Rinse, use a bucket for soap, then rinse again
  • Hoses – turn off the hose each time at the house
  • Pool – don’t overfill and use a solar cover to ease evaporation
  • Lawn & Garden – Water early or late, let grass grow taller in hot weather, use mulch around plants, shrubs and trees, follow watering restrictions

Thank you for your continued support to help conserve our natural resource, WATER!!

Page last updated: 7/15/2016 11:48:07 AM

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