Simple steps to save water

Changing a few habits can lead to savings!

Downloadable Simple Steps to Save Water flyer

IN THE BATHROOM

bathroom

  • Keep showers to 10 minutes or less.
  • Turn the water off while brushing teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
  • Flush only when you "go".  Do not flush wipes, tissue, or other trash.

IN THE KITCHEN

kitchen

  • When full, run the dishwasher-- scrape dishes in the trash and skip pre-rinsing.
  • Use a stopper and fill sinks for washing and rinsing.
  • Keep a  pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator for a cool drink rather than running the tap.
CLEANING

laundry basket

  • Wash full loads or utilize the washer's smart sensor to minimize water usage. 
  • Use a bucket of water to rinse sponges and cleaning cloths instead of a running tap.
  • Use a broom to clean out garages and sidewalks.
WATER LEAKS

bucket catching water drops

  • Repair or replace leaking or dripping faucets.
  • Repair leaking toilets.  How to tell if you have a leak:
  • If an unused toilet makes a running noise.
  • If water is tricking down the inside of an unflushed bowl.
  •   Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 15-20 minutes; if color appears in the toilet bowl-- you may have a leak. 

WATER WISELY LAWN AND GARDEN TIPS

The summer months can lead to unexpectedly high water bills as lawn watering can account for almost 50% of your water usage.    Cutting back and being water-wise doesn't mean you have to have a brown lawn.
yard with trees

SMALL CHANGES, NOT SO SMALL CHANGE
  • Water your lawn or garden during the cool morning hours.
  • Don't water with sprinklers in windy conditions.  If water is needed, use a soaker hose.
  • Set sprinklers to water lawns and gardens only-- don't water sidewalks or driveways.
  • Raise your mower blade to 3"; taller grass needs less water.
  • Mow more often.  Removing too much of the grass blade at once can shock the grass.
  • Leave the grass clippings on your lawn.  Clippings break down quickly and return beneficial nutrients to the soil.
  • Don't over-fertilize-- feed your lawn only two times per year.
  • Cut watering times.  Watering 20 minutes three times per week can be enough to maintain a healthy lawn.
  • Use mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and reduce water stealing weeds.
  • Water trees and shrubs with a soaker hose or bucket.
  • Plant low water plants that are right for the Casper Area (Zone 3-5a)
MAKING SAVING PART OF YOUR PLAN

landscaping plan

New home?  Want to change your current yard?  Plan a water-wise lawn and garden.
 
  • Install smart watering devices that utilize real-time weather, plant, and soil data.
  • Select low-water-use and drought-tolerant turf grasses such as turf-type tall fescue.
  • Decrease lawn size.  Inter mix xeriscape areas, hardscapes (patios, rock areas), and turf areas.  Group plants by water usage.
  • Plant flower beds near downspouts to take advantage of water runoff.
  • Improve the soil with compost or other organic material before planting or sodding.  Better soils retain water and allow for a broader root system.