Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation helps our communities save money and extend our water supplies. Households and businesses can reduce their own costs and help preserve the environment by using water as efficiently as possible. The following links provide tips for taking action:

Always remember that Low Flow is the way to go!

In the event of an earthquake or other disaster, normal water delivery to your home or business may be disrupted for several days. Here are a few simple tips to better prepare for an unexpected interruption in water service:

  • The general rule for adequate emergency water supply for drinking and food preparation is one gallon per person per day. Store potable water in clean, airtight containers in a dark, cool place. You should include additional water storage for pets and bathing/hygiene.
  • Store enough water for a minimum of three to five days for each member of your household, including pets.
  • Label each container with a date and replace potable water every six months. Pre-packaged bottled water should be replaced once a year.
  • If you have concerns about your water quality, at the time of usage add 16 drops of bleach to each gallon of water. Use pure household bleach only (not products with scents or other additives). Mix and allow to stand for 30 minutes to help ensure disinfection.
  • In the event you run out of stored drinking water, you can strain the water from your water heater. To strain, pour it through a clean cloth or layers of paper towels. Treat (disinfect) with household bleach as directed above.