Whether you are in the middle of summer or winter, water is a valuable resource. Follow these tips to help you use water wisely year-round.

Indoor Watering Tips

Don’t forget to check your faucets for leaks ►! Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Everyday Water Use
  • Do not let the faucet run while brushing your teeth. Just wet your toothbrush and fill a small glass with water for rinsing out your mouth.
  • Limit showers to no longer than 5-minutes.
  • Select the appropriate water level for the size of your load of laundry or dishes.
Watering Plants
  • Rotate plants toward the light whenever you water them to keep them growing straight.
  • Water hanging plants with ice cubes to keep water from spilling out of the bottom.
  • Use pots made from non-porous material such as plastic to help plants retain moisture longer

Outdoor Watering Tips

Lawn care When the weather is hot, outdoor water usage increases significantly. The good news is that most lawns can thrive with less water than you think.

When to Water
  • To determine if your grass needs watering, step on it. If it springs back up, it doesn’t need watering. If the blades of the grass lie flat, it’s time to water.
  • Turn the sprinklers on at a low speed to avoid wasteful run-off. Remember, over-watering promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less hardy.
  • Water early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set to help prevent losing water to evaporation. As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation.
  • If using automatic sprinklers, install a rain sensor to avoid watering on rainy days.
How to Water
  • Water slowly and thoroughly during cool, windless hours, and as infrequently as possible. Never water to the point of run-off.
  • If necessary, water in several short sessions rather than one long one. Three ten-minute sessions spaced 30 minutes apart will allow your lawn to better absorb moisture.
  • Let grass grow taller in hot weather. Most southern lawns will thrive if they receive one inch of water per week during the summer.
More Water-Saving Tips
  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in a few hours.
  • Do not allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway or sidewalk.
  • Re-use water. Some cleaning water and pool water is fine for watering lawns and gardens.

Winter Water Tips

Indoor Winter Water Tips
  • Allow faucets to drip slightly overnight in extremely cold temperatures;
  • Keep cabinet doors open to heat the pipes behind them and insulate pipes in unheated areas or areas frequently exposed to cold drafts; and
  • Set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees before leaving home.
Outdoor Winter Water Tips
  • Cover exposed pipes, apply caulk around the areas where the pipes enter the house and close foundation vents;
  • Turn off water to outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses;
  • Keep the water meter box closed to avoid freezing water at the meter.

If your pipes freeze, cut off the main water valve and keep faucet lines open so water will flow out