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Reduce Water Use

Due to our unusually warm and dry summer, we are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use by 10%. The best ways to reduce home water use are:

  • Let your lawn go dormant and limit watering plants to twice a week.
  • Water plants before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Reduce your showering time.

Other ways to save water indoors

  • Check for and fix leaks, including checking your toilets for silent leaks.
  • Wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Minimize garbage disposal use.
  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes.
  • If purchasing fixtures or equipment, choose water-efficient models.

Other ways to save water outdoors

  • Do only essential pressure washing.
  • Minimize refilling swimming pools and hot tubs.
  • Turn off water features such as water fountains.
  • Fall is the best time for planting.
  • Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation.
  • Add 2 inches of mulch to planting beds and around trees.
  • Use weather-based controllers on automatic irrigation systems.
  • Tune up automatic irrigation systems.
  • Water young trees efficiently using a water bag.
  • Never leave a hose running; always use a shut-off nozzle.
  • Check for and fix leaks.
  • Wash your vehicle at locations that recycle the water.
  • Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
  • Use covers on swimming pools and hot tubs when not in use.

Saving Water Partnership

To help our region conserve water, Seattle Public Utilities collaborates with 18 other water utilities in the Saving Water Partnership. For more rebates and information on saving water in your home, yard, and business visit

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