Tips for saving water
take ten minutes to check for water leaks

Using water wisely can lower your monthly water bill, keep your lawn and landscape healthy, and help the environment by keeping more water in our rivers.

Outdoors at home

Landscape watering accounts for nearly all of the increased water usage during the spring and summer months. But by taking a few simple steps, you can use water more efficiently without changing your lifestyle.

  • Use timers to avoid over watering your yard and garden. Learn about EWEB's sprinkler timer rebate.
  • If you have an automatic watering system, reducing the watering time for each automatic sprinkler zone by one minute can save about 60 gallons of water each time the sprinkler system comes on.
  • Just because it is hot for a few days doesn't necessarily mean you have to increase your outdoor watering. Lawns and most plants can withstand a few day of very hot weather without requiring additional water, especially if you have been using the Green Grass Gauge recommendations.
  • Mulch plants generously to retain moisture in the root zone.
  • Consider soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system for your vegetable garden, shrubs and flower beds.
  • Aerate your lawn in the spring or fall, top dress with compost and apply compost tea. This promotes deep root growth, improves water infiltration rates and water holding capacity of soils, and improves overall soil health.
  • Plant native or water-efficient species.
Inside at home
  • Leaks at home add up to about 1 trillion gallons of water annually in the United States. Take 10 mninutes to check for leaks. Learn more about finding and fixing leaks.
  • Learn your water budget, and then compare it to your actual bill.
  • Replace old toilets with new WaterSense-labeled high efficiency toilets. Learn about EWEB's toilet rebate.
  • Install new performance-tested WaterSense-labeled showerheads and faucets.
  • Turn faucets off when not using the water, such as while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads.
  • Scrape dirty dishes instead of hand-rinsing before loading into the dishwasher. Most modern dishwashers have a quick-rinse option that can be used if a partial load will sit for more than a day, and this option uses significantly less water than rinsing by hand.
  • Replace a worn-out clothes washer or dishwasher with a more efficient ENERGY STAR® model. In addition to energy savings, newer models use less water.
At work
  • Check the water system in your facility, toilets, faucets or manufacturing processes for leaks once or twice a year. Turn off the water supply to equipment and areas that are not in use.
  • Increase employee awareness of water conservation. Assign an employee to monitor water use and make suggestions for using water more efficiently.
  • Install motion-activated faucets and toilets. Check settings on all motion-activated fixtures to minimize water use.
  • Use timers on all landscape sprinkler systems.
  • Wash vehicles on an as-needed basis. Use a carwash that recycles water to reduce water used for vehicle washing by nearly 50% on average.
  • Adjust boiler and cooling tower blowdown rates to maintain the total dissolved solids recommended by manufacturers' specifications rather than setting a timer to activate blowdown.
  • Use brooms to clean sidewalks and steps instead of hosing them down.
  • Call EWEB at (541) 685-7000 for advice on how you can use water more efficiently in your business, industrial facility, school or other workplace.

Download a copy of EWEB's tips for saving water (PDF)


Email EWEB's Water Conservation Services for more information or call (541) 685-7000.