Did you know? More than 25% of bottled water comes from tap water supply.
We believe in providing our customers with information on wise water use year round, so that they can decide for themselves what makes sense for their lifestyle.
Although we have ample water resources in our area, today many people follow the principle of “use what you need.” Whatever your motivation, our goal is to be a good steward of a natural resource by giving you the information to make choices in your everyday life.
Fix leaks. Small drips may not seem like big water-wasters, but the reality is they can waste thousands of gallons of water each day. Estimate your leak.
Check toilets. Toilets are the biggest culprit for leaks. Even a small leak can waste a lot of water over time.
- Check that flapper! Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak. This is usually a quick fix by rubber flapper or chain to secure a tight seal on the tank valve.
- Consider replacing any older toilets with a new low-flow model. Some older toilets use more than 6 gallons per flush while new low-flow models use less than 2 gallons per flush.
- Flush toilets less often. Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. And if you’re good with “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” – go for it.
- Take shorter showers. A 5 minute shower uses a mere 15 gallons as compared to the 40-60 gallons used to take a bath.
- Install a new showerhead. Newer models are significantly more efficient than older models. New shower heads typically use 2.5 gallons a minute or less.
Sinks & Dishwashers
- Install faucet aerators on every sink. Aerators push more air into the faucet giving you the same or more pressure while using less water.
- Turning off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving could save around 3,000 gallons of water each year.
- Fully load your automatic dishwasher. Newer efficient dishwashers now only use under 4.5 gallons per load as compared to the more than 10 gallons used by older models made before 1994.
- Washing Dishes by hand uses more water than a dishwater, but there is a better way to wash. If you have 2 sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, and then rinse them quickly.
Over half of the water used during the summer is used outdoors, and most of that is for watering lawns.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Avoid watering during the heat of the day. During midday, water is lost to evaporation which makes the application less effective.
- Watering early in the morning and later in the evening ensures more water saturating your lawn and garden.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Deep, infrequent watering promotes deep, strong, drought-tolerant root systems.
- Don’t overwater. Excess moisture can weaken the plant’s root system, making it more susceptible to diseases and insect damage costing you time in money in repairing it.
- In-ground sprinkler systems irrigate quickly, therefore apply no more water than the ground can absorb; usually a 1/4" per watering.
- Divide your watering cycle. Shorter periods reduce runoff and allow for better absorption every time you water.
- Always double check your irrigation settings. Call your irrigation professional, refer to your owner's manual, or search under the brand name on YouTube.
- Use a rain barrel. Learn more tips and about cost-sharing programs in our county here.
For more tips on how you and your neighbors could improve your pressure through balanced watering, check out Smart Watering.
When preparing for seasonal changing temperatures, be sure to inspect all equipment for repairs or replacements.
- Check hoses for leaks or rips. A hose mistakenly left dribbling away in the grass or garden can waste thousands of gallons of water during the course of the summer.
- Check your sprinklers frequently.
- Check the outside taps for leaking water, particularly during the summer sprinkling season.
- Rain Barrel – in the winter either unhook your barrel and store until spring, or leave spigot on so water cannot freeze and possibly crack your barrel.