Water Efficiency & Conservation
The most important part of water efficiency is determining if your home has water leaks. Visit our Leak Checks section to get helpful information for checking your home for leaks.
- Check for visible or hidden leaks around your home.
- If leaks are found, replace or repair fixtures to prevent leaking.
- Upgrade your showerhead and toilets to more efficient models.
- If the toilet handle frequently sticks in the flushing position letting the water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
- Instead of filling the bathtub to take a bath, take a shower. If you currently take showers, reduce your shower time to use less water and energy.
- Run the dishwasher or the washing machine only when you have a full load.
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth, shaving or cleaning your face. A fast running faucet (filling up an 8 oz. glass in 10 seconds) can waste up to 540 gallons a day.
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.
- Install rain barrels to catch runoff and use the stored water for watering plants.
- Use a broom to sweep off porches, walkways or driveways instead of the hose.
- When washing your vehicle, use a bucket of soap and water and hose with a shut-off nozzle. Don’t leave the water running when soaping up the vehicle.
- If watering your lawn or flower beds, water early in the morning as watering during the day results in a water loss as much as 30% due to evaporation.
- If you have an irrigation system, check it annually to ensure proper working functionality.
- Use a pool or spa cover to minimize evaporation and backwash the pool only until water runs clear.