Tips to Save, Indoors and Out

It’s easier than you think to use water responsibly. Read through our easy-to-follow tips and click on links for more information. For a fun way to learn about how water is used, check out our water-efficient house and garden Flash animation.

Whether you are a homeowner, a renter or a business owner, you can use less water indoors by making small changes in habits and by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.

Quick Check List on Indoor Water Use

Your toilet can use more water than any other item in your home. A toilet leak can silently waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. Toilets are the only water-using appliance that we don't turn on and off with each use and because toilets drain to the sewer system, you may not see it leaking.

 I have checked my toilet for leaks.

 I never use my toilet as a wastebasket.

 I take shorter showers.

 I installed water-saving shower heads or flow-restrictors.

 I turn off the water after wetting my toothbrush.

 I rinse my razor in a partially-filled sink.

 I have checked pipes and faucets for leaks.

 I use my automatic dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only.

 If I wash dishes by hand, I don’t leave the water running for rinsing.

 I keep drinking water in the refrigerator.

 I check the evaporative cooler while in use to make sure there’s no waste.

Read more about finding and repairing leaks.

We live in a high desert environment here in Northern Nevada. The amount of water used during the warm months when we water our landscapes is four times the amount used during the winter months. Using water responsibly outside our homes is easy to do.

Quick Check List on Outdoor Water Use

 I have water-efficient landscaping.

 I use a broom or blower to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps.

 I don’t let water flow down the driveway while washing my car.

 I let my children play in the sprinklers only on my assigned days.

 I water my lawn according to the recommendations in TMWA's Lawn Care Guide.

 I water during the cool parts of the day, never between noon and 6:00 p.m.

 I don’t water when it’s windy or raining.

 I don’t allow water to fill the gutter.

 I check monthly for leaks in outside pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings.

 I use a spray nozzle with a shut-off handle on my hose.

 I check or readjust my automatic sprinkler timer at least once a month during the watering season.

Next: Water-efficient Landscaping in the Truckee Meadows