Water Conservation Tips

The PUD has free water conservation kits available at the Administration Building in Port Hadlock. Contact Bill Graham at 385-8375 or via email if you are interested in obtaining one.


        • Wash only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
        • Don’t run water continuously when washing dishes by hand.
        • Attach “low-flow” faucet aerators to faucets.
        • Take short showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water. A five-minute shower using a low flow showerhead can use as little as 7.5 to 15 gallons.
        • Install “low-flow” shower heads and toilets.
        • Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. With the tap running at full force, shaving takes 20 gallons of water,
          teeth-brushing takes 10 and hand washing takes two.
        • Check for leaky faucets and toilets, and then repair them immediately. A leaky tap, dripping once per second, wastes six gallons of water a day.
        • Don’t run water continuously when washing your car. Use a nozzle on
          the hose to stop the water flow between rinsings. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water.
        • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalksPlan before you plant – consider plant needs for moisture, sunlight, etc.
          in advance.
      • Improve the soil structure – work organic material such as peat moss or
        compost into the soil to help retain water and assist in plant growth.
      • Aerating your yard once a year also will help it retain water.
      • Cut down on grass – grass requires up to four times as much water as
        other plants.
      • Cut back on the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs or ground cover or putting in rock gardens.
      • Water efficiently – use a sprinkler with a low application rate (about
        one-third inch per hour) and check for even coverage. Established
        grass only needs an inch of water each week.
      • Water your lawn in the evenings or early mornings to reduce evaporation.
      • When you do water, water long enough for moisture to soak down to
        the roots where it will do the most good.
      • Make the most of mulches – three to four inches of mulch on top of the
        soil, especially before spring and fall rains, will reduce water needs,
        moderate soil temperature and inhibit weed growth.
      • Choose climate friendly plants – many native plants can survive on
        rainwater alone, and they’re more disease and insect resistant.
      • Care for what you plant – weed and prune regularly to ensure water
        is going where it’s needed.