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Posted on: June 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Top 10 Water-Saving Tips

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Top 10 Water-Saving Tips

1. Get to know your water use

  • Do you know how much water you are using? 
  • Check your water bill or view usage online

2. Find and Fix Leaks

  • Look for spikes in water usage. 
  • Test your toilet(s) for leaks using dye tabs of food coloring

3. Turn off the tap

  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth, shaving, or rinsing dishes
  • Take 5-minute showers 
  • Capture rinse water in a bucket and use to water plants

4. Wash full loads

  • Wash full loads of clothes and dishes
  • Washer saves 15-45 gallons per load
  • Dishwasher saves 5-15 gallons per load

5. Install water-saving devices

  • Check with your water provider for free devices
  • Look for the WaterSense label when replacing water using devices and appliances 

6. Reduce outdoor water use  

  • Reduce watering times
  • Water between midnight and 6 a.m. to reduce water loss
  • Water in 2 short cycles
  • Use mulch

7. Say lawn gone

  • Convert lawn into a low water use landscape
  • Free landscape templates
  • Check with your water provider for available rebates and incentives

8. Upgrade your irrigation system

  • Install drip irrigation
  • Add a smart, WaterSense labeled, irrigation controller

9. Select water smart plants

  • Select low water-use and native plants to save water
  • Check out the water smart plant picker at

10. Visit

  • Water-saving tips 
  • Program and rebate information  
  • Current news and upcoming events

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