Conservation Tips

There are a number of easy ways to save water, and they all start with YOU. When you save water, you save money on your utility bills. Here are just a few ways...

About 50 percent of water used outdoors is waster due to improper installation, maintenance and use of watering system. To make sure you get the most out of watering your lawn and garden, have your system inspected each year by a licensed irrigator to insure proper operation.

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

Check your faucets , and fix any leaks you find. Faucet leaks can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year.

Test your toilets for leaks, a leaking toilet can waste up to 73,000 gallons of water a year. To test, add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water in the tank, but do not flush the toilet. Watch to see if the color appears in the bowl in just a few minutes. If it does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.

Look for water-efficient models when replacing water fixtures or appliances. A water-efficient clothes washer uses 50 percent less water than a conventional model. Water-efficient plumbing fixture can reduce water use by 25 to 60 percent.