Want to save on your water bill? Below are some tips for reducing water consumption, lower consumption means a lower bill.

Save Water in the Bathroom


  • Check toilets for leaks. Put a dye tablet or a few drops of food coloring in the tank, wait at least 15 minutes without flushing, then check the water in the bowl. If the water has changed color, there is a leak that should be repaired.
  • Replace old toilets with a low-flow or high-efficiency toilet. View the Orange County Water Smart website for rebate information.
  • Do not use your toilet as a waste basket.
  • Take baths or shorter showers.
  • Catch water in a bucket while waiting for water to get hot.
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
  • Turn off the faucet while shaving, washing, and brushing your teeth.
  • Check pipes and faucets for leaks.

Save Water in the Kitchen and Laundry


  • Run only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Install water-efficient appliances. View the Orange County Water Smart website for rebate information and for high-efficiency clothes washers.
  • Do not let the water run while you clean vegetables, wash, or rinse dishes.
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator.
  • Check pipes and faucets for leaks.

Save Water in the Yard


  • Water your lawn only when it needs it.
  • Water late in the day when water evaporates at a reduced rate.
  • Install a "smart" irrigation controller that adjusts the watering schedule according to the weather. View the Orange County Water Smart website for rebate information.
  • Install rotating nozzles that provide better coverage and improve the efficiency of your irrigation system. View the Orange County Water Smart website for rebate information.
  • Replace water-guzzling lawns with synthetic turf. View the Orange County Water Smart website for rebate information.
  • Do not water gutters or sidewalks.
  • Use drought-resistant plants and shrubs. Visit the Be Water Wise website to learn more.
  • A layer of mulch around trees and plants slows evaporation.
  • Sweep driveways and sidewalks rather than using a water hose.
  • Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, couplings and faucets.

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