Below are some tips to help save customers money, while helping conserve water.
In Your Home
Check your property for any leaks.
Install water-saving fixtures in your home. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can save thousands of gallons per month.
Take shorter showers. Five to 10 gallons of water is used per minute.
Take more baths. An average tub holds more than 50 gallons of water.
Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth. This can save 3 to 7 gallons per minute. Fill a small glass for rinsing.
Use dishwasher for full loads only. The washer will use the same amount of water whether it is full or empty, so be sure to fill it.
If dishes are washed by hand, do not leave water running. Rinse after.
Keep a pitcher or bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Letting the water run until it cools down can waste 3 to 7 gallons per minute.
Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every time you flush even a small amount of trash, you waste several gallons of water.
Outside Your Home
Water your lawn sparingly. If you think your lawn may need watering, you can step on the grass. If the grass springs up when you move, it does not need watering. Automatic timers are convenient, but can be wasteful if they are running too often.
Mow at a higher length. Longer leaves promote deeper rooting and help shade the root zone. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in one mowing. Return mulched clippings to the lawn.
Check for leaks in pipes, hoses and faucets. It is important to check for leaks frequently because all leaks are wasteful. Look for standing water in the yard or under the house, which may indicate a leak in the water line underground.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth.