Water Saving Tips

Online Videos

How to Look for Leaks

How to Troubleshoot Your Sprinkler System 

Outdoor Tips

Adjust Your Sprinklers 

To make sure there is no overlap and that you’re not watering patios and sidewalk – saves about 250 gallons per cycle.

Plants require less water in the fall and winter, so adjust your irrigation timer to reflect the shorter days and cooler nights of the season. Reduce most plants and turf to a maximum of 3 to 4 minutes of watering 1 to 2 days per station and you’ll save thousands of gallons each month.  For a monthly watering breakout or to develop a watering schedule using the Watering Calculator, click here.

Please note: Be sure to use the appropriate sprinkler heads to minimize flow and eliminate overspray and runoff. It is recommended that 1 gpm spray nozzles are used to help you stay within your budget. Remember, every sprinkler nozzle is a shower!

Use the Cycle and Soak Method

Based on the watering schedule recommended by the Watering Calculator, take half of the suggested watering time for each cycle, and soak in between the two cycles. For example, if the watering calculator recommends 4 minutes of watering, water your lawn for 2 minutes, wait an hour, and then water another 2 minutes.

Switch to Water Efficient Sprinkler Nozzles

Use water efficient sprinkler nozzles. For example, if your sprinkler nozzle is rated for 2.5 gallons per minute, you are using 2.5 times more water than a sprinkler nozzle rated for 1 gallon per minute. Overwatering not only wastes water, but it can also be damaging to your plants. Remember, every sprinkler nozzle is a shower! 

Adjust Your Lawn Mower to a Higher Setting

A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it’s closely clipped.

Take Your Car to a Commercial Car Wash

Instead of washing it in the driveway. Commercial facilities recycle their water, which means you’ll save more than 100 gallons per wash and help reduce urban runoff pollution.

Spreading a Layer of Organic Mulch Around Plants

Helps retain moisture, which saves 20-30 gallons per day.

 Keep Your Pool Covered

Helps eliminate water loss by when not in use and regularly check for leaks.  Nearly 15,000 gallons are lost to evaporation each year.

Water Only Before 8 am and After 5 pm

To reduce evaporation and interference from wind.  You’ll save 20-25 gallons per day.

Install Water-Efficient Drip Irrigation Systems

For trees, shrubs and flowers to get water to the plant’s roots more efficiently, and you’ll save 20-25 gallons per day.

Upgrade to a “Smart” Weather Based Irrigation Controller*

That automatically adjusts watering times for hotter weather, and shuts down the system when it rains. You can save up to 40 gallons per day.  Rebates available.

Remove Your Lawn and Get California Friendly

Replace your lawn with beautiful California friendly plants – save hundreds of gallons each month.  MNWD offers rebates to remove your lawn, click here to learn more. MNWD also provides landscape training classes. Click here to learn more about our upcoming classes. For a database of California friendly plants, visit: http://calscape.cnps.org/

Replace Your Lawn with Synthetic Turf*

And save 33-60 gallons per day per 1,000 sq. ft.  Rebates Available.



Indoor Tips

Look for Leaks 

Common types of leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, broken sprinkler heads, and other leaking valves. Check for leaks to prevent wasting water. For a quick tutorial on how to look for leaks, visit: http://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/leaks or click here to view our latest video!

Tune Up Leaky Toilets

The number one water waster in your home. One leaky toilet can waste 30 to 500 gallons per day.  Rebates are available for high-efficiency toilets.

To check your toilet for a leak:

  1. Remove the tank lid.  Carefully remove the tank lid and lay it flat on the floor to prevent it from falling over and breaking.  Condensation on the underside of the tank lid may drip as you are removing the lid.
  2. Check the water level in the tank.  If the water level is above the manufacturer’s indicated water line, make adjustments to correct the water level.  If adjustments were made, reset the toilet by flushing it and allowing the tank to refill and stop on its own.
  3. 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.  If you have more than one toilet to test, repeat Steps 1 through 3 for each toilet while you wait.
  4. 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 stop the leak.  To ensure proper flush performance, be sure the replacement flapper meets the toilet manufacturer’s specifications for your toilet model.


Run Your Clothes Washer and Dishwasher Only When Full

And save up to 1,000 gallons of water each month

Replace Your Old Toilets*

With new high-efficiency models and save up to 17,500 gallons each year.  Rebate available.

Monitor Your Water Bill for Unusually High Use

Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks – the biggest waster of water around your home.

Upgrade Your Bathrooms With Water-Efficient Shower Heads

They’re inexpensive, easy to install and can save up to 750 gallons per month.

Don’t Leave Water Running

When rinsing dishes and you’ll save 2.5 gallons per minute,
Shaving, save up to 300 gallons a month, and/or
Washing hands – turn the water off while you later and then rinse.  Saves precious water.

Turn Off The Water When Brushing Teeth

And save two gallons per minute

Shorten Your Showers

And save 2.5 gallons per minute, or take five-minute showers instead of 10-minute showers to save 12.5 gallons with a water efficient shower head.

Recycle Shower Water Outdoors

Recycle indoor water outdoors: put a bucket in your shower and use it to water plants.

Plug the Bathtub

When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water and adjust the temperature as the tub fills.

Fill Bathtub Halfway or Less

When giving kids a bath, fill the bathtub halfway or less to save at least 12 gallons per person.

Don’t Use the Toilet as a Wastebasket

Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket, flushing away unnecessary water – you’ll save 6 gallons, 1.6 gallons or 1.28 gallons per flush (depending on the toilet).

Replace Older, Inefficient Clothes Washers*

And save 20-30 gallons per load.  Rebates available.

*Rebates available.

MNWD offers rebates for several water-saving devices.  Click here for a list of Rebates available to our customers.

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