Water Conservation Tips

The PUD now has free Outdoor Water Savings Kits available for PUD water customers at our Customer Service Counters at 310 4 Corners Rd.


  • 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 sidewalks.
  • Plan 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.

Contact Bill Graham at 385-8375 form more Water Conservation Information.