- Water softener – Consider using an exchange type, not a self-regenerating style, water softener.
- Hot Water Recirculating System – If your home or business was built before 1990, this water-saving system was not incorporated and can reduce your water bill.
- Pressure regulator on incoming water supply – Set at a maximum of 50 pounds per square inch gage. Locate close to water meter.
- Bathtubs, Jacuzzi & Whirlpool Spas – Not to exceed 70 gallon capacity for units designed to be drained after each use.
- Shower heads – Maximum flow of two gallons per minute (GPM), better yet go with a 1.5 GPM at 50 pounds of pressure, equipped with shut-off valve near shower head. Pick up a free shower head at our District office
- Kitchen Faucets – To be equipped with aerator that allows a maximum flow of 2.0 gallons per minute at 50 pounds of pressure.
- Lavatory Faucets – To be equipped with an aerator allowing a maximum flow of 0.5 gallons per minute at 50 pounds of pressure.
- Outdoor Hose Bibs – shall not exceed three gallons flow per minute and shall each be equipped with vacuum breakers (anti-siphon valves).
- Auto-shut off hose nozzles are free and can be picked up at our District office
- Limit showers to 5 minutes.
- Install water efficient fixtures, i.e. replace 3.5 or 5-gallon toilets with 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilets.
- Run only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Don’t leave water running while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Use drought-tolerant plants (see Landscape Guide for Mountain Homes).
- Adjust watering schedule monthly and with changes in weather.
- Use Drip (micro) irrigation systems for all non-turf grass areas.
- Periodically check your sprinkler system to ensure it is operating properly. (Frequent power outages in the mountains can wreak havoc with timers).
- Replace lawns with ground covers requiring minimal water.
For more tips on water conserving landscapes and irrigation, please see the Landscape Guide for Mountain Homes. Also available at the District Office.
Most normal-sized homes can use the Water Conservation Tips section of this website to look for ways to save water. You can also visit our District office for free, easy-to-install water conservation items such as:
- low flow shower heads
- kitchen sink aerators
- bathroom sink aerators
- toilet tank leak detection dye tablets
- hose washers
- automatic hose shut off nozzles
By using these items, a four-person household can easily save 1,200 gallons per week. The shower heads and aerators are simple fixtures that can be screwed on in place of your existing ones.