Water Conservation Tips
Water is necessary for the sustenance of human life. While we, in the Rogue Valley use the Rogue River for our water supply it is not a limitless resource. Lately, every year the Rogue River levels drop and it costs more to process the water supply into clean drinking water.
Our Water Treatment Plant is aging and one day will not, in its current state be able to supply Grants Pass citizens with clean drinking water. You can help in this effort by treating water as a giving life source by following some of the conservation tidbits listed below.
Water: Essential. Reliable. Invaluable
In the Kitchen
- Rinse fruits and vegetables in a pan instead of using running water.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking is wasteful.
- Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes. No need to pre-wash the dishes. Look into recycling gray water on the DEQ's Graywater webpage.
- Install water-efficient faucet aerators and shower-heads in your kitchen and bathrooms.
In the Bathroom
- Turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers. You will save 2.5 gallons of water each minute.
- Check toilets and faucets for leaks. Running toilets can waste 2 gallons a minute while leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons. Contact your billing office to pick up a dye packet to check toilets for leaks, it's free.
- Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket. Only toilet paper goes in the toilet.
- Only fill the bathtub halfway instead of to the top, once you get in the water should rise to a comfortable level.
- Rinse razors in the sink with about an inch instead of using a stream of water.
Other Indoor Water Conservation
- Check and make sure all your pipes are properly insulated. Cover your hot water heater with a special insulating blanket or cover.
- Regularly check for leaks throughout your home. Check under sinks and in crawl spaces.
- When you wash fresh produce, reuse that same water for your house plants.
- Replace your old water heater with a high-efficiency model and receive an Oregon Tax Credit by applying for a residential energy tax credit on Oregon's Water Heaters webpage.
How to Save Water Outdoors
- Plant native or drought-tolerant plants that require less watering. Native plants promote healthier local ecosystems.
- Check for leaks in pipes, sprinkler heads, and valves, especially in spring when sprinkler systems are starting.
- Install a rain sensor switch to temporarily shut off your system when it rains.
- Apply organic mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss and keep weed-growth down and promote a healthier soil environment.
- Water during cool parts of the day. Early morning is the best time since it helps prevent growth of fungus. Or let your lawn go brown in the summer, when the rains return so will your lawn.
- Avoid watering on windy days.
- Deep soak your lawn to ensure moisture reaches the roots. Light sprinkle watering evaporates quickly and encourages shallow root systems that need more frequent watering. Us an irrigation runtime calculator.
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. You can test it by stepping on it and see if it springs back up. If it does, it does not need watering, or use a rain gauge.
- Use drip irrigation in larger gardens with weather based irrigation control (WBIC).
Other Outdoor Water Efficient Tips
- Use a broom to sweep off pavement. Using a hose to wash sidewalks, driveways and patios wastes money and water.
- Wash your car on the lawn.
- If you have a pool, cover it when not in use to prevent evaporation.
- Aerate lawns in early summer to allow water and air to reach the roots.
- Mow high to shade roots, keep soil cool and retain soil moisture.