Stretching Our Water Use
• Pay attention to our regional
water supply, be aware of rain fall and current
ground water deficits
• Change watering habits –take the time
to hold the hose, better for observing plant conditions
(you notice more when you take the time to study
it up close)
• Water less frequently, mulch heavier, amend
the soil with rich organics first
• Choose rugged plants, spare the delicates
for small detail areas, not the entire front lawn
• Spread the word to help neighbors and others
in community take water use seriously
• Use rain barrels to capture water from downspouts
to use as a complementary watering method.
• Fix leaky faucets and plumbing
joints. Saves 20 gallons per day
for every leak stopped.
• Don't run the hose while washing your car.
Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at
the end. Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two-car
family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month.
• Install water-saving shower heads or flow
restrictors. Saves 500 to 800 gallons per
• Run only full loads in the washing machine
and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons
• Shorten your showers. Even a one or two
minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons
• Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways
and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time.
At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons
• Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
Saves 400 to 600 gallons per month.
• Capture tap water. While you wait for hot
water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in
a watering can to use later on house plants or your
garden. Saves 200 to 300 gallons per month.
• Don't water the sidewalks, driveway or gutter.
Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your
lawn or garden where it belongs--and only there.
Saves 500 gallons per month.