How can I conserve water in the bathroom?

Two thirds of the water used in the average home is in the bathroom, mostly for flushing toilets, showers, and baths.


How can I conserve water in the kitchen and laundry room?

  1. Use appliances efficiently. Run full loads in the dish or clothes washer or, if your appliance has one, use a load selector.
  2. Buy a water saver. Select new appliances that are designed to minimize water use.
  3. Clean vegetables and fruit efficiently. Use a vegetable brush to expedite cleaning.
  4. Use garbage grinders as little as possible. Start a compost pile.
  5. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. Avoid running the tap just to cool water for drinking or utilize that water for other uses such as watering plants.

How can I reduce outside water usage?

  1. Water the lawn and garden only when necessary. Early morning or evening are the best times. Let grass grow higher in dry weather. Mulch your trees and plants. Avoid watering driveways and sidewalks.
  2. Deep-soak your lawn. Allow the moisture to soak down to the roots where it does the most good. A light sprinkling evaporates quickly.
  3. Plant drought resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with less watering, particularly native species.

Does the Portland Water District offer conservation kits to help customers reduce water usage?

The Portland Water District offers, at cost, water conservation kits. These kits which include 

low-flow showerheads and toilet tank banks will help you reduce your water usage, which 

could lower your water, sewer, and electric bills.


Download a printable order form.

Do water leaks really matter?

Leaks. Unseen or unfixed, they can drip hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water wastefully down the drain. A little detective work several times a year can catch these water thieves in the act and put them out of circulation.

How do I know if my toilet is leaking?

Toilets: Approximately 27% of your water usage comes from toilet flushing. A leaky toilet can have a major impact on your bill. The toilet is one of the most common water wasters but its leaks tend to be less noticeable than faucet leaks.

Here are some obvious signs of a leaking toilet:


What are some common causes of toilet leaks?

Possible causes of toilet leaks include:


How do I know if my faucet or shower is leaking?

Approximately 16% of your usage comes through your faucet. Each faucet that drips 60 times a minute adds up to 1,225 gallons per year of wasted water. Faucet leaks can occur inside your home or at your outside spigot.


How do I know if my outside tap is leaking?

Check the outside taps for leaking water, particularly during the summer sprinkling season. A hose mistakenly left dribbling away in the grass or garden can waste thousands of gallons of water over the course of a summer. Remember to close outside faucets tightly every time you shut off the water!