following are excellent idea on ways to conserve water and there
are a number of websites you may connect to for further
information on water conversation and landscaping techniques you
Tips for Saving Water in
In the Bathroom
1. Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food
coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color
begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be
2. Check Faucets and pipes for leaks. The smallest drip
from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger
leaks can waste hundreds.
3. Replace your old toilet with a low-flow toilet.
Ultra low-flow toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush.
Old toilets use six gallons per flush.
4. Do not use the toilet as an ash tray or wastebasket.
5. If you have an older toilet, place an inch of sand
in a quart size bottle, fill it with water, and place it in the
tank away from operating mechanism. You can save five or more
gallons a day.
6. Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.
Your local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive
items to install fixtures.
7. Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth.
In the Kitchen and Laundry
1. Use your washing machine and dishwasher only for
2. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
3. If you wash dishes by hand, do not leave the water
4. Use garbage disposal less often.
5. Do not let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables.
6. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator.
Most outdoor water waste occurs through
water-intensive landscaping and improper outdoor watering.
1. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings.
Check frequently and keep them drip-free.
2. Water your lawn only when needed. A good way to see your
lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back
up when you move, it does not need water.
3. Water deeply and less often. Deep watering encourages
4. Water between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. for minimal evaporation.
5. Make sure you are watering your yard and not the driveway
6. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and
7. Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water using the hose
only to rinse.
8. Do not let children play with the hose or sprinkler.
9. Install a properly designed irrigation system with a
10. Decrease your turf area to 25 percent of your yard.
Increase mulched beds, trees, vines and ground-covered areas to
11. Mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch retains moisture, cools the
ground and decreases the need for watering.
12. Mow your grass at the right height. The higher the
better in summer months.
13. Select plants that are native to the area, have low
water needs and are shade producing.
14. Install a rain gauge in your lawn to measure when your
grass actually needs watering.
The following websites will offer much more information
on ways to conserve water and reduce outdoor water use.
American Water Works
New England Water Works