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 Water your yard thoroughly, but only as needed.  Usually no more than 1 inch, once a week.

 Use drip irrigation for plants and gardens, and water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation.

 Collecting rainwater for landscape use is great for the plants and can save you water and money.

Install aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.

Fix faucet leaks, which can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.

Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by 25% to 60 % and save energy.

Check your toilet by using a leak-detection dye tablet.  Leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day!

Replace older toilets with water-efficient models and save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year.

Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.

Invest in an Energy Star-qualified clothes washer, which typically uses 50 % less water and 37 % less energy per load.

Here Are Some Comparisons To Show How Much Water You Can Save In Your Daily Activities:


Conventional Use (Gallons)

Water-Conserving Use (Gallons)

Brushing Teeth

2 or more gallons

.25 gallons or less

Faucet off, use glass/cup


20 gallons

1 gallon or less

Fill sink, turn tap off


50 gallons – 10 minutes

(Conventional showerhead)

12.5 gallons – 5 minutes

Water-saving showerhead

Washing Dishes By Hand

30 gallons with tap running

5 gallons

Fill sink, turn tap off

Using a Dishwasher

16-gallons – Partial load,

full cycle, pot scrubber cycle

9 gallons – Full load, light or short cycle

Washing Clothes

35 gallons per load – highest water level, partial load

25 gallons per load – lowest water level as needed for load


For more information on how you can help conserve and protect our precious water resources visit
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