Conservation Tips

Indoor leak

Indoor Water Conservation


  1. Reduce the water level per flush by installing a ultra low-flow toilet or a toilet displacement device. Use a plastic bottle weighted with pebbles and water.

  2. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste more than 20 gallons of water per day.

  3. For more information on how to conserve water inside your home visit this address.


  1. Install low-flow fixtures, then buy and install aeators for every faucet in the house.

  2. Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. This eliminates letting the tap run while waiting for the water to get cold.

  3. Clean Vegetables in a pan of water and not under a running faucet.

  4. Water used to clean vegetables can also be used to water houseplants.

  5. In-sink garbage disposal devices use roughly 11.5 gallons of water each day. Try composting organic wastes instead of throwing them away.


  1. Pre-rinse clothes only when absolutely necessary.

  2. Use the proper water level, load size selection and water temperature when washing clothes.

  3. Consider installing a water efficient washing machine.

Outdoor Water Conservation

Lawn and Garden

  1. During the summer, water use can more than double due to lawn and garden watering. Preserve the environment, save money, save fish and save water by following these steps when watering your lawn.

  2. Place three or more flat bottom cans or mugs randomly around your lawn. Inexpensive rainguages may also be used.

  3. Turn on your sprinkler for 15 minutes.

  4. Measure and record the depth of water in each can with a ruler. Determine the average depth of water for all of the cans combined. Notice the uniformity of your water application.

  5. One inch of water a week is more than sufficient to maintain a green and healthy lawn.


  1. Use a broom to clean walkways and driveways. Do not use the hose. Watering the sidewalk, gutter and street wastes water.

  2. Clean gutters and downspouts manually instead of hosing them down.

  3. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle along with a bucket of soapy water to wash the car.

Check for a Leak

  1. Locate your water meter.

  2. Turn off all water using appliances in the home. This includes all indoor and outdoor faucets.

  3. Check and record the current meter reading.

  4. Wait 15 minutes (minimum) although overnight is better. Remember, do not use any water while you are waiting!

For more information contact the Office of Drinking Water
(360) 236-3100 • (800) 521-0323