Tips & Tricks for Conserving Water

Conserving water helps save money and uses less of a valuable natural resource.
Learn about water conservation, eliminating leaks, and using water more wisely.


  • Inspect all pipes and faucets for leaks - gallons of water can be dripping away every day
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add food coloring to the water in the tank, if the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you could have a leak.
  • Fill the tub partly instead of all the way. An average tub holds more than 50 gallons of water
  • Install water-saving shower heads, turn off water while soaping or shampooing, take shorter showers
  • Turn off the tap while you shave or brush your teeth
  • Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking
  • Wash full loads only, or match the load setting with the amount of laundry to be washed
  • Load the automatic dishwasher to capacity before running it


  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, driveways, and sidewalks
  • Water the lawn in the early morning or in the evening and never on a windy day
  • Place mulch around trees and plants for water retention
  • Wash the car with soap, water, and a bucket, using a hose with a shut-off nozzle for a quick final rinse
  • Adjust sprinklers to only water the lawn
  • Cover pools and spas
  • Let grass grow taller in hot dry weather by setting the mower notch higher, aerate your lawn

More tips from the Environmental Protection Agency

Last Edited: August 5, 2021