Water Conservation

Efficient water use can improve water quality, maintain aquatic ecosystems, and protect drinking water resources. It can also help mitigate the effects of drought and save money on water and energy bills.

Tips for Conserving Water

  1. Indoors
  2. Outdoors

Home Water Saving KitFixing easily corrected household water leaks can save you more than 10 percent on your water bill:

  • Visit the Environmental Protection Agency's Fix a Leak website to learn more about how to fix leaks, conserve water and save money.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. 
  • Install water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators. A shower can use up to 7 gallons of water per minute. Don't let the shower run too long while waiting for it to warm up or while soaping up.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  • The city offers residents a home water saving kit which includes dye tablets to detect leaks, a spray clean shower head, water saving bathroom aerators and a toilet displacement bag. For more information email Public Works or call 757-220-6140.

For more tips, see the Water Use it Wisely website. If you have tips to share, please email them to us so we can post them, too!