Take shorter showers, which saves gallons of water.

  • Add more efficient shower heads which can save as much as 13,000 gallons a year for an average household.  Xcel Energy provides low volume shower heads at the Xcel Energy Store website.
  • Toilets are one of the biggest sources of indoor water consumption.  Older toilets use much more water than new toilets.  Make sure you have updated toilets that use less than 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • Consider trading in your top-load washer machine for a high efficiency front loading washer.  You can save up to 36 gallons of water per load.
  • If your faucets are older, you can benefit from installing aerator flow restrictors on faucets.
  • Lawn irrigation use by Americans amounts to about 9 billion gallons of water daily.  In many instances home lawns and landscapes are over-watered. Consider adding soil moisture sensors that prompt the lawn irrigation only when needed.
  • It is best to water deeply and infrequently, and watering should not take place during the heat of the day to prevent needless evaporation.
  • Consider converting areas of sodded lawn to drought resistant lawn and low-maintenance plantings that require much less watering. 

 Implementing the practices outlined above can help to ensure that plentiful fresh groundwater is available for future generations, and will help to protect the special attributes of this unique city.