Water Saving Tips
Conserving water helps everyone. It saves you a few dollars on your water bill, it saves the City time and effort securing and processing that water, and it saves the planet by lessen your impact on the local ecosystem. Here are a few ways you can save water in your home.
If you have questions about ways to conserve water, please reach out to our Public Works department at (360) 384-4006.
Ways to Save Water Outdoors
- Don’t over-water landscaping.
- Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in evening.
- Adjust sprinklers so that they don’t water the sidewalk or street.
- Don’t water on cool, rainy or windy days.
- Equip all hoses with shut-off nozzles.
- Use drip irrigation systems.
- Plant drought-tolerant or low water-use plants and grasses.
- Use shrubs and ground cover to reduce the amount of grass.
- Place mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and discourage weeds.
- Set your mower blades one notch higher, since longer grass means less evaporation.
- Use a pool cover to cut down on water evaporation.
- Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, loading docks and parking lots.
Ways to Save Water Indoors
- Check all faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks.
- Install water saving showerheads and ultra-low-flush toilets.
- Take shorter showers.
- Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator.
- Rinse vegetables in a full sink or pan of water.
- Fully load your dishwasher.
- Rinse dishes in a full sink or pan of water.
- Wash full loads of clothes.