Water Conservation Tips

  • Water your lawn only when needed. Test the grass by walking across it, if footprints remain, your lawn requires watering.
  • Avoid watering in the heat of the day because 40%-50% of your irrigation water can be lost to evaporation. Watering your lawn before 8am or after 6pm is best because it reduces evaporation. In certain areas, fungus may develop due to evening watering.
  • Avoid washing down your driveway, patio or sidewalks with a hose. Hosing down an average sized driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water. Try using a garage push broom instead.
  • Use shut-off nozzles on hoses. Always shut off hoses when they are not in use, a running hose can release 3-5 gallons of water per minute.
  • If you occasionally use the sprinkler or hose to cool down in the summer, limit the flow and select a dry area of the lawn to have fun while spot watering at the same time.
  • Consider installing low-flow faucet aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets. The aerator can be screwed into your existing faucet and can reduce flow from up to 7 gallons per minute (gpm) to 1.5 gpm while maintaining a good flow of water.
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth, etc.
  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets. A slow drip can waste 15 - 20 gallons per day. A larger leak or running toilet can waste up to 100 gallons per day.
  • Check your toilet for a leak by placing 10 drops of food coloring in the tank of your toilet and waiting 15 minutes without flushing. If color appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Be sure to flush as soon as your test is done because the food coloring may stain the bowl.