Top 10 Ways to Save Water

  1. Buy high efficiency high performance showerheads from ORF. Save up to $75 on your water bill annually. (coming in 2010)
  2. Use water filters and buy less bottled water.
  3. Check your toilet for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your tank. If the color appears in the bowl within 30 minutes, you’ve got a leak. Most replacement parts are cheap and easy to install.
  4. Check for hidden household leaks. Read the house water meter before and after a 2-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter reads differently, you’ve got a leak.
  5. Choose native plants for your landscape. They typically require less maintenance and water.
  6. Use the dishwasher and clothes washer when they’re fully loaded. Choose Energy Star appliances that save water and money.
  7. Check to see if your lawn needs water before watering--most lawns need about 1” per week.  Letting grass grow to 3” will allow the ground to retain more moisture.
  8. Early morning watering is best. Water close to plants’ roots where water is absorbed, rather than into the air where it evaporates.
  9. Use mulch around your plants to help retain ground moisture, but don’t create “volcanoes” around their bases - it can promote disease.
  10. Never put water down the drain when there could be another use for it.  Use for houseplants.

** One more way…use a broom to clean debris off your walks and driveways instead of using water.