Using Water Wisely
Water Saving Tips
Water conservation is an important part of being energy efficient. Loudoun Water, which provides water and wastewater reclamation services to an estimated 175,000 people in Loudoun County, reminds residents that they can reduce their "water footprint" with simple steps. Here are some simple water saving tips:
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
- Check your water meter and bill to track your water usage.
- Choose shrubs and groundcovers, instead of turf for hard to water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.
- Consider installing new appliances. They are more water and energy-efficient than older appliances. A new washing machine can save up to 20 gallon per load.
- Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff and allow for better absorption every time you water.
- Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.
- If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
- Install low-volume toilets.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.
- Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
- Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it's time to water.
- Periodically check your pool for leaks if you have an automatic refilling device.
- Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower.
- Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, and then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. It's easy to fix, and you can save more than 7000 gallons a year.
- Run your dishwasher only when it is full and you could save 400 gallons a month.
- There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you!
- Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You'll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.
- Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
- Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful runoff.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time.
- Use the sprinkler for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
- Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
- We're more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- When you clean your fish tank, use the water you've drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
For questions or to learn more about energy efficiency and conservation,
please contact Loudoun County Energy Manager Najib Salehi at
703-737-8442 or send an email to