We live in a high-desert climate with an average annual rainfall of seven inches per year and Lake Tahoe serving as our primary water source. Since water in our region is a precious and limited resource, we encourage responsible water use at all times.
There are lots of easy things you can do to do your part at home and work. The conservation section of our website provides information on the most efficient ways to use water both inside and out, as well as provides information on leak detection and repairs. There are lots of tips, links to plans and publications, and fun stuff for kids, too.
We take our role as steward of the region's water resources seriously. Whether through our commitment to sustainability of ground and surface water, or as a result of regulation, TMWA's focus is to promote the wise and efficient use of water.
What is water conservation?
Water conservation is a cost-effective and environmentally-sound way to reduce our demand for water. It includes practices, techniques and technologies that improve the efficiency of our water use, both indoors and out.
Why use water responsibly?
When customers use water responsibly, TMWA can delay costly investments in the facilities required to treat and distribute water to the community. Plus, you will not only enjoy a lower water bill, you will know you're doing your part to protect the environmental health of the river system for fish and wildlife.
Saving water also saves energy!
- Energy is used to treat and pump water through the distribution system to the homes and businesses in our community.
- Less water used means less wastewater to process at our water reclamation facilities.
- Since energy is required to run your water heater and other water-using appliances, you can save money on both your power and water bills by using less water.
Become Your Own On-site Water Manager
The best way to manage water use at your home or business is to study how much water is being used on your site and where. To do this, check the graph on your bill to review a history of your past usage. If you feel your usage is higher than it should be, perform a leak test. If your system is determined to be free of leaks, check our quick check list on indoor/outdoor water use for tips on reducing your usage.
Resources to Assist Your Conservation Efforts:
- Read about running your sprinklers Weather-Wisely on your Assigned Days.
- Read about recommended trees and tree care for homeowners in the Truckee Meadows at the Truckee Meadows Community Forestry Coalition website.
- Learn how to read your meter and about finding and repairing leaks.
- Search for plants and learn about the principles of xeriscape at one TMWA’s free workshops or by visiting our Water-efficient Landscape Guide.
- Fill out our online form to report water waste.
- Check out the tips to save, indoors and out.
- Educate yourself with TMWA Academy (for teachers and grades K-12).
- Learn how to winterize your irrigation system to avoid breaks and leaks during cold temperatures.