Steps Metro Atlanta Residents Can Take to Conserve Water

Water Conservation is important all year round, not just in times of drought! Below are a few things you can do to save water indoors and outdoors throughout the year. Visit My Drop Counts to learn more about how to conserve water and become more water efficient. If you’re interested in significantly reducing your outdoor water use or eliminating it altogether, join the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns.

  • Only water plants when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
  • Check for and repair leaks inside and outside your home.
  • Fix leaking toilets. This can save you hundreds of gallons a day.
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving. This could save a total of 6 gallons a day.
  • Shorten your shower by 2 minutes and save 5 gallons of water per shower.
  • Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Remove laundry right away to prevent souring and to avoid having to double wash.
  • Properly winterize your irrigation system so that your lines do not freeze and burst over the cold winter months.
  • Replace older toilets and shower heads with high-efficiency models. If your home was built before 1994, you may qualify for a toilet rebate.
  • Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR-labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures.

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