We’ve gathered the best tips from our Utilities, Water Resources, Inspections, and Utility Billing staff to create an easy list of ways you can save water and lower your utility bill:

  1. Identify toilet leaks by placing a dye tablet or a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes, you have a leak. A worn flapper is the most common cause by far, and can be easily replaced.
  2. Consider installing a new toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush or less. Older toilets use 3.5 gallons per flush or more. Even better, consider installing a toilet that has two flushing options.

  3. Find and fix any leaky faucets. One drip per second can add up to 5 gallons of lost water per day.

  4. Install water saving shower heads. Older shower heads use 5 gallons or more per minute. The new heads use less than half of that.

  5. Consider replacing your clothes washer with a high efficiency model. 

  6. Watch your water softener’s regeneration cycle. The normal regeneration time is 2 hours and takes place during the night. If not set correctly, your softener can be a major source of water usage.

  7. Water your lawn in the morning because when it’s hot and sunny, most of the water evaporates before the plants have time to drink it.

  8. Follow the City’s odd/even watering requirements.  This requirement also applies to irrigation systems.

  9. Look at your water meter when all your water outlets are off. If it’s still registering water usage you have a leak somewhere.

  10. Monitor your water bill closely and call Utility Billing at (651) 675-5030 if you notice any spikes in usage.