The Fountain Water District encourages its customers to adopt water conservation practices, in an effort to avoid wasting one of our most precious natural resources.
Please use our guide and the posted links to learn how easy it is to conserve water & save money while helping the environment at the same time.
In the Bathroom
Because such a large percentage of water use is in the bathroom, this is where water conservation efforts should begin. Install water-saving devices on faucets, showerheads and toilets. Take a shorter shower, turn off the water while brushing & shaving, & fix leaky plumbing.
In the Kitchen
To conserve water in the kitchen, don’t let faucets run for washing or rinsing. Instead, fill a container with water or use the sink by stoppering the drain. Run an automatic dishwasher only with full loads. Don’t use the extra-long prewash and scrub cycles unless absolutely necessary. Do not use a garbage disposal except at the end of cooking or cleanup periods or when it is full.
On the Lawn
Water only when necessary. It takes 660 gallons of water to supply 1,000 square feet of lawn with 1 inch of water. Water the lawn in the early morning to avoid evaporation losses. Irrigate the lawn slowly, deeply, and infrequently. In the garden, use drip irrigation or soaker hoses because they apply water slowly and directly to the soil.
In the Garden
Reduce evaporation losses from gardens by using an organic mulch or plastic ground cover between rows. Collect water from roof gutters to use for lawn & garden irrigation. Remember to water in the evening & morning to lessen evaporation losses as well.
Washing the Car
Do not water lawns or wash cars when water is in short supply. When washing the car, rinse it once, use a bucket of soapy water to wash it, and then give it one more quick rinse. Taking it to a car wash may save water because many commercial installations recycle their water.