Water Conservation Programs & Tips

Last Modified: March 18, 2013

There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. The following household activities can have a huge impact on your water usage.

  • A 10 min shower can use up to 25 gallons
  • A full bath an use up to 70 gallons
  • Brushing your teeth (water left on) can use up to 13 gallons per day
  • Washing hands (water left on) can use up to 16.5 gallons per day
  • Average washing machine can use up to 41 gallons per load
  • High-efficiency front loading washing machine can use less than 28 gallons per load
  • Toilet (depending on age) can use up to 7 gallons per flush

Showerhead Swap Out Program

High Efficiency Showerhead

Approximately 17 percent of indoor water usage can come from showering. Most showerheads use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) - using 25 gallons for a 10-minute shower!

The City is now offering free 1.5 gpm high efficiency showerheads when you bring in an old showerhead.

Contact the Public Utilities Main Office at 919-996-4540

Fix-a-Leak

Leak cartoon

Think your home doesn’t have leaks? Think again! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that most leaks within homes go undetected. In fact, the EPA also estimates that more than 1 trillion gallons of water are lost each year from residential homes- that is enough water to fill approximately 1,587,301 Olympic-size swimming pools!

Fixing a leak can be quick and easy, and often doesn’t cost much. The water that is wasted can quickly add up to an expensive water bill, not to mention the wasted water and energy from just supplying that water to a home or business. A leaky toilet flapper can cost less than $5, but save more than 200 gallons per day.

The EPA states that 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. The trick is finding the culprit, as leaks can be either consistent or intermittent. Water can be lost from something as simple as a dripping faucet, a leaky toilet, or even an outside hose bib that may go undetected during the winter. Leaks can be easily avoided by conducting a simple check of plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems.

View our Fix-a-Leak brochure to help pinpoint common causes.

Free Water Conservation Kit

Kitchen Sink

The City is now offering free kits to all water and/or sewer customers. Kits include:

  • 2 High Efficiency bathroom aerators (uses only 0.5 gpm)
  • 1 multifunction kitchen aerator (uses 1.6 gpm)
  • 1 package of two toilet leak detection tablets

Visit the Public Utilities Department to get your kit!

How To Conduct a Water Efficiency Checkup

Is your water bill higher than normal? Most homes and businesses have leaks that go undetected. Learn how to conduct a water efficiency checkup with the City's training manual and see how your efficiency stacks up.

Download the Water Efficiency Checkup manual

How to Practice Conservation in your Community

  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to be part of a water-conscious community.
  • While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
  • Make suggestions to your employer to save water (and dollars) at work.
  • Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
  • Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and other uses.
  • Pick-up the phone and report significant water losses from broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water management district.

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