Water Conservation

Tips for Efficient Use of Water Resources

Water conservation is essential to ensure that we have adequate water today and into the future. It is up to all of us to use water wisely and is as simple as each of us making small changes. Conserving water not only protects this finite resource, but also saves energy and money.

Ways to Save Indoors

  • Fix leaks promptly! Little drips can waste lots of water.
  • Install “water displacement devices” in your toilet tank if you have an older model toilet.
  • Replace older toilets. Newer toilets use only 1.5 gallons of water to flush. 
  • Replace your showerhead with a low flow model.
  • Capture shower warm-up water. Use it to water plants, wash the floor or car. 
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in your refrigerator. Running tap water until it is cold enough to drink wastes water. 
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machines.
  • In restaurants, accept water only if you want it. Not only will you save the water you don’t drink, you will also save the water to wash the glass.

Ways to Save Outdoors

  • Reduce lawn size. Lawns use 40 – 50% of our summer water.
  • Reduce outdoor usage as much as possible.
  • Enrich soils with 3-4 inches of compost worked into the top foot of soil prior to planting.
  • Dethatch and aerate lawns for better water absorption. Clip lawns no shorter than 2 inches.
  • Leave the grass clippings on the lawn. They’re 90% water and provide nitrogen.
  • Water only after 7:00 p.m. or before 10:00 a.m. to avoid excessive loss to evaporation.
  • Use soaker hoses or drip systems.
  • Adjust sprinklers so you’re watering only what grows, not the street or the sidewalk.
  • Check hoses and sprinkler systems for leaks and fix them promptly. 
  •  Include a rain sensor and a soil moisture sensor in your automatic sprinkler system.
  • Use a broom to clean the driveway or patio, instead of the hose or power washer.
  • Wash your car using a bucket of soapy water. Use a hose with a shut off nozzle just to rinse.
  • Consider drought-tolerant plants to manage summer dryness.
  • Reduce the size of your lawn.

Benefits of Conservation

The City of North Bend is committed to maintaining and providing an adequate, reliable, clean and safe drinking water supply for our residents. Efficient use of water remains a key component to the overall management of water resources. Benefits of efficient water use include:

  • Assisting the local government by lowering needs for further costly source development projects.
  • Helping to keep as much water as possible in the natural environment.
  • Helping to ensure water is available to meet economic and population growth consistent with mandated Growth Management Act planning efforts.

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