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Helpful Tips

  • Plant species that are water-efficient and/or native to Oregon.
  • Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation for shrubs, flower beds and vegetable gardens.
  • Water lawn areas about 1" per week, using Green Grass Gauge  recommendations.
  • Run the washing machine and dishwasher with full loads.
  • Cover pools and hot tubs when not in use to reduce evaporation.
  • A short shower with a low flow showerhead is more efficient than taking a bath.
  • Use low flow toilets to save water with every flush.
  • Monitor how much water you normally use on your monthly bill, and be alert for any unexplained changes. It is typical to have fluctuations during the year due to things such as hotter weather or extra house guests.
  • If you discover a leak, fix it promptly or report it to us if it is on the street side of the meter. To fix a toilet leak, see our Fix-A-Toilet Brochure. To fix a leak from a dripping sink, see our Fix-A-Sink Brochure.
  • To track your water usage, you may read your own water meter at any time during the month. Your water meter is usually in the front yard by the curb, housed in a concrete or plastic meter box with a concrete and metal lid. There are several styles of meters, so call us and we can tell you how to track how many units you are using. Each unit equals 748 gallons.
Fix-A-Toilet BrochureFix-A-Leak Brochure (faucet repair)
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