Water Conservation Tips

Melrose Water Supply Corporation

Tips for consumers to save water and money

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute.
  • Fix a leaky toilet and save about 73,000 gallons a year.
  • Small changes in your routine add up to big water savings- and savings on your water bill. 
  • Water or irrigate your yard efficiently to save water and maintain a healthy landscape.
  • Water before 10 a.m. to save and maintain plant health.Watering in the afternoon increases water loss due to evaporation. Watering in the evening can make your lawn and plants more prone to disease.
  • A general rule is to water 1 inch, once a week, as needed. observe the grass to know when to water. At the first sign of wilting, you have 24 to 48 hours to water before damage occurs.
  • To determine when you have applied enough water, put a 6-ounce tuna can on your lawn and stop watering when it is full. If you notice runoff before the can is full, turn off the water and wait one hour before turning it on again.
  • Some plants may have lower water requirements. You may be able to reduce the sprinkler run time for areas of your yard with these plants.
  • Replace your standard irrigation clock timer with a newer more water efficient controller and save nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually. New technology uses local weather and landscape conditions to determine your yard's water needs.
  • Ensure sprinklers are not watering sidewalks of driveways. Also, sprinklers should spray large drops close to the ground, rather than a fog or mist, which can be blown away by wind.
  • Regularly maintain your permanent sprinkler system to make sure water is being properly applied, sprinkler heads are free form debris, water is flowing at the proper pressure, and the system does not have leaks.
  • Consider alternatives to spray irrigation when possible. Drip irrigation can minimize evaporation and runoff by 60 percent or more. This system works best with plants such as ornamentals, vines, or vegetables.
  • When watering always comply with your water system's restrictions.
  • Save water by installing water efficient showerheads, toilets, faucets, and faucet aerators.
  • Water efficient fixtures are available at a wide variety  of price points and in many styles to match your needs.
  • Replace older toilets with a new efficient one. Toilets are the biggest consumers of water in the home. Older toilets can use as much as 6 gallons per flush, whereas newer models use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush.
  • Using WaterSence fixtures will also save you energy and money by reducing demands of water heaters.
  • Aerators are an easy and inexpensive way to save water. They cost just a few dollars and are simple to install.
  • For bigger savings fix household leaks.
  • You can discover whether your home has leaks by checking your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is used. If the meter changes at all, you may have a leak.
  • Another way of checking for leaks is to look at your water bill in colder months. If a family of four is exceeding 12,000 gallons a month, there may be serious leaks.
  • Check your toilet by putting 10 drops of food coloring in the tank. if any color shows up in the bowl after 10 to 15 minutes, you have a leak. Be sure to flush so you don't stain your tank.
  • Toilet leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day and are often due to a worn or faulty flapper. This is easy to repair.
  • Faucet leaks can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year. The culprit is often old and worn washers and gaskets. Check the outside of pipes and fixtures for water. Also, periodically look under your sink for signs of water leaks.
  • Showerheads often leak because of a loose connection between the showerhead and pipe stem. This is easy to repair by tightening the connection or using Teflon pipe tape.
  • If your shower drips when not in use, it may require professional repair.
  • Use less water everyday with a few simple ideas.
  • Keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator, rather than letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Hand-washing dishes takes more time than using a dishwasher. Let your dishwasher do the work and you will save almost 10 days a year. You'll also save money and water. If washing dishes by hand, use a basin of soapy water or plug the sink.
  • Use the dishwasher efficiently. Only run it when you have full load. Scrape dirty dishes and cookware, rather than rinsing them. Use the "light wash" feature when possible.
  • Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of indoor water use. Reduce this by taking shorter showers. Get a shower timer for your kids and make it into a game.
  • Turn off the tap when shaving or brushing your teeth and save up to 2,400 gallons of water a year. This is an easy one for both kids and adults to try.
  • Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year. As a bonus, you can also save energy by using cold water when possible. 
  • Sweet driveways and sidewalks, as opposed to hosing them off.
  • If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation.
  • Wash your car with water from a bucket or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.