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Why Conserve?
Conserving water can significantly lower your water bill and is critical to a healthy and clean environment. Fish, trees and animals depend on wise use of our limited water supplies.

Kitchen
 •  Only run the dishwasher when it is full
 •  Fill a sink to hand-wash dishes rather than washing under a running faucet
 •  Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to eliminate letting the tap run to cool the water
 •  Clean vegetables in a pan of water and not under a running faucet

Bathroom
 •  Check toilets for leaks with food coloring
 •  Install low-flow toilets or use a plastic bottle to displace water
 •  Check faucets for leaks – a small leak can waste 20 or more gallons per day
 •  Don’t run the faucet while brushing your teeth
 •  Install water-efficient shower heads
 •  Don’t use the toilet for a garbage can or ash tray

Outdoors
 •  Water lawns and gardens only in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
 •  Water only when needed
 •  Use draught tolerant landscaping
 •  Place a 2” to 4” layer of mulch around plants and trees to avoid excess evaporation
 •  Clean walkways and driveways with a broom rather than with a hose
 •  Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle when washing cars
 •  Keep sprinkler system in good repair
 •  Use rain barrels to collect rain for landscape watering.

Laundry
 •  Pre-rinse clothes only when necessary
 •  Only wash full-size loads
 •  Install an energy efficient water saving clothes washer and receive a $50 rebate

Leaks
 •  See Leaks page
 •  See form: Application for Leak Adjustment Credit

Conservation Related Links
 Water Use Efficiency
 Seattle Public Utilities
 Saving Water Partnership
 Tips for conserving and protecting water resources and sewer systems (King County)
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