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The DOs & DON’Ts of Water Conservation

Residents can save hundreds of gallons of water every week by following these water-saving tips.



  • DO take shorter showers & save 3-5 gallons every minute.
  • DO fill the tub halfway & save 10-15 gallons.
  • DO install water-saving toilets, shower heads & faucet aerators. Place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank if you can’t switch to a low flow toilet.
  • DON’T run the water while shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Faucets use 2-3 gallons/minute.
  • DON’T use the toilet as a wastebasket & DON’T flush it unnecessarily.



  • DO check your water meter or bill to see how much water you are using. A good rule of thumb is 50-60 gallons/day/person.
  • DO repair leaky faucets & turn taps off tightly. Slow drips waste 10-15 gallons/day.

Kitchen & Laundry


  • DO run the dishwasher & washing machine only when full. Save even more water by using the short cycle.
  • DO install front-loading washing machines, which reduce water usage by about 40%.
  • DON’T let the water run while washing dishes.



  • DO use a self-closing nozzle on your hose.
  • DO position your downspouts so rain water runs onto the lawn or into the garden, not down the driveway.
  • DO plant drought-resistant trees/flowers and use mulch to keep the soil moist.
  • DON’T water lawns during the heat of the day.
  • DON’T use water to clean sidewalks and driveways — sweep them instead.