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Water Savings Tips

Lower your bill by lowering your water consumption

Water bills change according to water usage so each household or business will differ based on individual usage (or consumption) patterns.

The water meter measures the amount of water used in a household or business which comprises the largest part of water and wastewater charges on your bill, so lower usage means a lower bill.

Reasons to Reduce Water Consumption

Reducing water usage is a best practice regardless of whether you are on a municipal water supply or an individual water supply.  The figure below shows the average distribution of water use within the home.

Chart of average household water consumption

 

 

You may want to use less water for one or more of these reasons:

  • To save money on your water bill
  • To save money on power bills by using less energy to heat and/or pump water
  • To keep a home sewage disposal system in good repair longer by not overloading it
  • To be a good environmental steward
How to Save Water

Reducing water consumption and saving water has never been easier.  Any number of the tips below can get you started on saving water inside and outside your home:

Inside Your Home

  • Install low flow shower heads and appliances
  • Install a dual flush toilet
  • Regularly check for and repair any leaks
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Take shorter showers by reducing your current shower time by a couple of minutes
  • Turning off the water while brushing your teeth

Outside Your Home

  • Catch rainwater in barrels for use later in your garden
  • Water plants early in the morning to prevent evaporation
  • Using mulch as a ground cover in flower beds
  • Planting native vegetation that require little watering
  • Sweeping driveways and walkways, never use water to clean driveways/walkways
  • Keeping swimming pools covered when not in use
  • Turning off your hose when washing your car.  Turn the hose on to rinse only
  • Allowing your lawn to go dormant (brown) during drought periods.  It will recover after a good rainfall
  • Adjusting any automatic watering systems to be active early in the morning or late in the evening and to water vegetation only.  Try to prevent spraying water on driveways and/or walkways