Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation measures are important for conserving Lake Michigan so that it remains available to sustain the natural world and support our economic, recreation and drinking water needs.

Our water is a precious and limited resource. Remember to use only the amount of water you actually need. Look for ways to conserve water in and around your home and place of work.

  • Turn it off: You could save hundreds of gallons a month by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Repair leaks in your sinks and toilets. Even repairing a slowly dripping faucet can save 5 gallons a day. A leaking toilet can waste up to 50 gallons of water a day. (Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl without the toilet being flushed, you have a leak to repair!)
  • Reduce shower times.
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads, instead of several partial loads.
  • Use a broom or rake when cleaning leaves or other debris from your lawn, driveway, or sidewalk instead of water from a hose.
  • Water only the landscape, not the streets, walks and driveways.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of under running water.
  • Keep a water jug in the refrigerator rather than waiting for cold water from the faucet.
  • Use the toilet as a toilet, not a wastebasket.


What are some longer term water conservation measures for me to consider?

  • Install water-saving fixtures and appliances in your home, including washing machines, clothes washers, faucets and shower heads.
  • Plant native landscaping in place of turf lawns.
  • Disconnect your downspout and direct your downspout to landscaped areas.
  • Catch rain in a rain barrel for later use on your landscaping.
  • Water your lawn during early morning or evening hours.

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