Reduce Water Use

Using water wisely benefits people, salmon, and wildlife. Residents can take these steps to save water throughout the year:

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.

Ways to save water outdoors

  • Weed and mulch: Add 2-3 inches of mulch to the soil surface
  • Fall is the best time for planting.
  • Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation.
  • Tune up automatic irrigation systems.
  • Use weather-based controllers on 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.
  • See more lawn and garden tips about Smart Watering and Rainwater Harvesting.

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