Simple and Easy Water Conservation Tips:
- Turn off running water when brushing your teeth, shaving, or cleaning produce. Change this simple habit and you can save more than 100 gallons a week!
- Replace older showerheads with high-efficiency showerheads which can save hundreds of gallons each month.
- Operate washers with full loads, even if machines have varied settings.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk. An easy way to save hundreds of gallons of water.
- Replace your turf with drought-resistant and native plants.
- Water lawns and plants during the cool part of the day, between 6 pm and 10 am, to reduce evaporation.
- Install a drip irrigation system in your landscaping to reduce runoff and evaporation, and use mulch to reduce moisture evaporation from the soil.
- Detect and fix plumbing leaks inside and outside your home. Contact us for assistance in locating the leak detector on your water meter.
- Install aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks. Saves 1.2 gallons per person per day.
- Replace your old toilet. New high-efficiency toilet models flush at 1.3 gallons or less compared to older models, which can use up to 7 gallons per flush. And consider dual-flush toilets that have two options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
- Replace your clothes washer. High-efficiency clothes washers can reduce water and energy use by 40%.
- Install a water and energy-efficient dishwasher. Saves 3 to 8 gallons per load. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Take your vehicle to a self-serve or full-service car wash that uses recycled water instead of washing at home. Not only do car washes save water through treatment and recycling, but it also prevents car wash pollution from entering storm drains and running off into the ocean.
- Make your showers 5 minutes or less. Each minute you cut saves 2.5-5 gallons.
- Free low-flow replacement showerheads and low-flow aerators for faucets
- Free dye leak detection tabs and toilet tank banks
- 5-minute shower timers
- 3-gallon water buckets to save running water while your shower/bath water is warming up
- Lawn Be Gone Rebate Program
- Rain Barrel Rebate Program
- High Efficiency Toilet (HET) Rebate Program
- High Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program
MPWD offers the following to MPWD customers:
Rebate programs available through MPWD (click here for more info »)
Water Conservation Videos
What Can You Do to Save Water at Home?
Presented by Save Our Water (3:05)
What Can You Do to Reduce the Amount of Water in your Garden?
Presented by Save Our Water (3:03)
Additional Water Conservation Tips
State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions. Click Here
Water Use It Wisely: 100+ Ways to Conserve. Click Here