Tips for a Water-Wise Home

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Everyday actions save water

  • If you have a dishwasher, use it! Washing by hand typically uses more water.
  • Shorten your shower. Save 2 gallons for every minute you shave off your shower.
  • Run full loads. Wait to run your washing machine or dishwasher until it’s full.
  • Use a broom. Sweep to clean patios and sidewalks instead of using a hose or power washer.
  • Look at every water bill. Knowing how much you use will help you spot leaks quickly.

Upgrade fixtures and appliances

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  • Find the most efficient appliance options. WaterSense and EnergyStar will point you to models that save water and perform well.

Get leaks and running toilets fixed right away

A running toilet can use as much water as taking 15 showers a day!

Healthy plants need less water

Save in the summer with smart watering

  • Water outdoors in the morning or evening to minimize evaporation.
  • Let your lawn go golden and dormant — water once a month, and it’ll bounce back in the fall.
  • Plant perennials in the fall and let nature water your plants all winter long.

Water is a precious, shared resource

Father and young son holding hands as they walk across the river.

Future generations are counting on us to preserve water resources.

Even though our region is known for rain, each year we have a ‘summer crunch’ when water use is high and rainfall is low. Each gallon we save stays in our rivers and lakes to sustain salmon and wildlife. Even seemingly small daily actions can add up to make a big impact.

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