Install an ultra-low-flow toilet, or put a water-filled plastic bottle in your tank.
Install low-flow faucets and shower-heads or restrictors.
Repair leaky toilets, faucets and pipes. Install an ultra-low-flow toilet.
Take shorter showers, or lower the water level in your bathtub.
Turn off the water when shaving or brushing your teeth.
Run full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
Keeping a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator eliminates running tap water to cool it off and keeps a supply of drinking water for emergencies.
Landscape with drought-tolerant plants.
Practice water harvesting techniques.
Adjust your automatic irrigation system to current season and weather conditions.
Sweep, don’t hose off your driveway.
Watch your watering! Don’t let water escape from your landscape to your driveway, sidewalk or gutter.
Use a pail of water or a shutoff spray nozzle when you wash your car.
Cover your swimming pool when it’s not in use.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow the evaporation of moisture.
How to find and repair leaks
Leaks around your home can waste from 15 to more than 100 gallons of water every day. Learn how to look and listen for leaks in water-using fixtures regularly. You can use your water meter (usually located at the front of your property) to check for leaks. The meter measures the amount of water that enters your system. Please call the office if you need assistance in locating your meter.
Turn off all faucets and water-consuming appliances, including evaporative coolers.
Record the reading from your meter. Some meters record the usage of every gallon and some record the usage only after 10 gallons have been used. You may need to experiment with your meter to determine which type you have.
Read the meter again after fifteen minutes; for slow leaks, you may have to wait a little longer. If the number advanced since your last reading, there is a leak.
How do you decide whether there is a leak somewhere inside the house or between the meter and the house?
Turn off your house valve and if the reading changes, you likely have a leak between your house and the water meter.
If the dial does not move, you have a leak within your house.
Use water wisely
An average residential household uses approximately two times the amount of water in
the summer months as in the winter.