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Winter is here, protect your pipes!

During cold weather, water pipes in your home may be susceptible to freezing, which can cause costly damage from burst pipes.   Our Protect Your Pipes fact sheet can help you prepare for winter weather emergencies.


Got leaky toilets?

Learn more about detecting leaks and maybe even get a rebate for installing up to two high efficiency toilets in your home! Check out our toilet section for more information!

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Conduct a Water Audit!

Want to learn more about how you can save water in your home or business? Conduct a water audit! Homeowners can conduct a Residential Water Audit and business owners should use the Commercial Water Audit form.

Tips for Indoor Water Conservation

From the kitchen, to the bathroom and the laundry room, changing your habits can save money on your water bill and help conserve a vital resource.

General Indoor

  • Locate your master water shut-off valve in case a pipe bursts and you need to shut it off to avoid flooding.
  • Repair leaks. Even small leaks can waste 100 gallons of water each week.
  • Insulate your pipes. You’ll get hot water faster.


  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl filled with water instead of under running water
  • Run the dishwasher only when full
  • When it’s time to replace your dishwasher, invest in an energy efficient dishwasher
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food
  • Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time
  • Install a faucet aerator to reduce the amount of water used


  • Take shorter showers - October is Shower Better Month!
  • Check toilet for leaks…they can be silent, but costly. From time to time place a dye tablet in the tank. After a few minutes, if you see color in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving
  • Flush only when necessary, and don’t flush tissue, cigarettes, or trash down the toilet
  • Use low flow showerheads
  • Install low flow toilets that use less water


  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load
  • When it’s time to replace your washing machine, invest in an energy efficient washer to save water and money
  • Check faucet or hose connections for leaks and repair or replace when necessary

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