Conservation Tips

In the Home


These videos brought to you in part by Douglas County Water Resource Authority, offer simple things you can do to conserve water in the home.

Additional Pointers


  • Don't use your toilet for a trash can. If you have trash, dispose of it in the wastebasket instead of flushing it down.
  • Fix that leaky faucet. Leaky faucets can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water per year.
  • Get that running toilet fixed! A running toilet can use as much as 30 to 500 gallons per day depending on its leaking condition.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and toilets (Save 1 to 5 gallons per minute).
  • Take shorter showers. Depending on your shower head you can save 2 to 8 gallons of water per minute.
  • Teach water and energy conservation to everyone in your family.
  • Turn off the running water when brushing teeth (Save 1 to 5 gallons per minute).
  • Use energy and water efficient appliances.
  • Waiting for that water to warm up? Save that water in a container and use it somewhere else, such as house plants, flower beds, trees, or pet drinking water.
  • Wash only full loads of clothes.

Outside the Home


These videos brought to you in part by Douglas County Water Resource Authority, offer simple things you can do to conserve water outside.

Additional Pointers


  • Adjust your sprinkler system to prevent watering the driveway or sidewalk.
  • Don't cut your grass too short. Longer grass helps retain moisture and encourages a healthy root system.
  • Don't wash away grass and debris from your driveway and walkways. Use a broom to sweep them up, and dispose of them in the trash can.
  • If you wash your car at home use an auto-shutoff nozzle on your hose.
  • Lawn aeration helps increase water infiltration in your soil and promotes healthy growth.
  • Use commercial car washes instead of washing your car at home.
  • Use water friendly landscaping. There are several types of plants and grass that require less water than others. Ask your local nursery.
  • Water before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.