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Install water-efficient fixtures and appliances

Owners of buildings served by utilities in the Saving Water Partnership can lower their water, sewer and energy bills by installing efficient fixtures and appliances. Newer, efficient toilet models can reduce your water use by 30-40%, and sometimes more.

Replace old toilets

Older toilets can use 3.5 gallons per flush or more and some early low-flow toilets can require two flushes to clear the bowl. Rebates are available to replace toilets installed before 2004 with the most efficient models.

Look for WaterSense

WaterSense-labeled clothes washers, dishwashers, faucets, and showerheads meet efficiency and performance standards.

Case Studies

See how businesses saved money and water by replacing their old fixtures with new, efficient ones.

Address leaks 

Resources to help residents report leaks

Leaks account for 12% of indoor water use.

In apartment buildings, make sure tenants know how to report a leak and that it is their responsibility to do so. Post signs or include information in newsletters about how tenants can report maintenance issues.

For condos, provide residents with information about how much water leaks can waste and let them know that there are rebates available to replace old toilets.

Elevator or bulletin board posters:

Email templates:

How to monitor your utility bills for leaks

Burst pipes usually have obvious signs like water damage, a soggy area in the lawn, or a large spike in water consumption on your water bill. However, small leaks that add up slowly can be easy to miss -especially if your units do not have water submeters or the submeters are not monitored.

Calculate the “gallons per person per day” for your building using a recent water bill to find hidden leaks. Use a winter bill if your irrigation is not separately metered.

  1. Find the total gallons on your bill (you may need to convert CCF to gallons, 1 CCF = 748 gallons).
  2. Divide the total gallons by the number of residents.
  3. Divide by the number of days on the bill.

Average water use in multifamily housing in our region is 40 gallons per person per day (it is 60 gallons per person for single family housing). If your building uses much more than that and does not have any other water use (such as commercial tenants), consider asking tenants to check for leaks or doing a walkthrough. Old toilets may also be to blame if you have consistently high water use.

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