Saving Water Is Simple!

Remember, it’s not about using less. It’s about wasting less.

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

Adjust Your Sprinklers

Every sprinkler nozzle is a shower, and that means they have the potential to waste water! Adjusting your sprinkler nozzle to minimize flow and eliminate overspray, and ensuring there is no overlap between sidewalk and patio watering, can save approximately 250 gallons per cycle! To learn more about recommended watering times, visit the Watering Calculator.

Adjust Your Irrigation Timer

Different seasons also means different amounts of water for your plants! During the cooler fall and winter months, reducing most plants and turf to a maximum of 3 to 4 minutes of watering can save thousands of gallons of water each month.

Keep Your Lawn’s Grass Tall

Adjusting your lawn mower to ensure grass stays relatively tall will ensure that roots stay shaded and full of moisture.

Take Your Car to a Commercial Car Wash

Commercial facilities recycle water, saving more than 100 gallons per wash while reducing urban runoff pollution.

Spread a Layer of Organic Mulch Around Plants

Mulch retains moisture, saving 20-30 gallons of water per day.

Keep Your Pool Covered

Preventing water evaporation can conserve nearly 15,000 gallons of water each year!

Water Only Before 8am and After 5pm

Keeping to these set timeframes can save 20-25 gallons of water per day.

Install Water-Efficient Drip Irrigation Systems

Your water-efficient drip irrigation system may qualify for a rebate! Plus, keeping track of how and when your plants are watered can save 20-25 gallons of water per day.

Upgrade to a “Smart” Weather Based Irrigation Controller

These devices, which also qualify for a rebate, adjust according to your location’s moisture levels to only water when necessary.

Remove Your Lawn and Get California Friendly

Create a drought-friendly garden with California native plants! Not only does MNWD offer rebates for lawn removal, we also host regular workshops on water saving landscaping. For a full list of MNWD events click here. For a database of California friendly plants, visit: http://calscape.cnps.org/

Indoor Water Saving Tips

Look for Leaks

Leaks cost you money and water! Be on the lookout for worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, broken sprinkler heads, and leaking valves.

Use Water Efficient Toilets

Did you know that water efficient toilets can qualify for MNWD rebates? The latest high-efficiency models and save up to 17,500 gallons each year!

Save Water by Repairing Leaky Toilets

Repairing leaky toilets can save you 30 to 500 gallons of water per day. Here’s a quick way to make sure your toilet stays leak-free:

  • First, remove the tank lid.
  • Next, check the tank to see if the water level is above the manufacturer’s indicated water line. If it is below the waterline, make adjustments to correct the water level. If adjustments are made, reset the toilet by flushing it.
  • Once any adjustments have been made, drop a dye tablet (visit MNWD to receive one for free) or several drops of food dye (avoid red food dye) into the tank. Do not flush. Wait 30-45 minutes.
  • Check the water in the bowl for color. If the color appears in the bowl, there is a leak. Replacing the toilet’s flapper valve will likely remedy the situation.
Run Your Clothes Washer and Dishwasher Only When Full

Waiting to run both clothes and dishwashers until they are completely full can save up to 1,000 gallons of water each month.

Monitor Your Water Bill for Unusually High Use

There’s one easy way to tell if there’s a water leak in your home — an unusually high water bill! If the price of water seems high, be sure to check your home for leaks.

Upgrade Your Bathrooms With Water-Efficient Shower Heads

A simple solution to saving water in your home is installing water efficient shower heads. These easy-to-install fixtures can save up to 750 gallons of water per month.

Don’t Leave Water Running

Leaving the water running while performing everyday tasks can be a huge water waster! Turning off the water when brushing teeth, washing hands, shaving, and more can save lots of water each day!

Shorten Your Showers

Shortening a ten minute shower to five minutes can save 2.5 gallons of water per minute!

Recycle Shower Water Outdoors

Anyone can recycle water! Simply using a bucket to collect excess water during a shower or while using the sink can provide a surplus of recycled water for your outdoor needs.

Don’t Use the Toilet as a Wastebasket

While it’s tempting to discard trash in the toilet, doing so wastes water and creates pollution. Every unnecessary toilet flush can waste up to 6 gallons of water.

Replace Older, Inefficient Clothes Washers

Replacing your clothes washer with a water efficient version can save 20-30 gallons of water per load! Plus, you may even qualify for a rebate!