Water Conservation Guide

Water conservation is essential for preserving this precious resource and reducing the environmental impact of excessive water use. Here is a general guide to water conservation tips and practices for individuals, households, and communities:

Fix Leaks: Check for and repair leaks in faucets, toilets, and pipes. A dripping faucet can waste a significant amount of water over time.

Install Low-Flow Fixtures: Replace old, inefficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets with low-flow or WaterSense-labeled fixtures. These can reduce water usage significantly

Shorter Showers: Aim for shorter showers to conserve water. Consider using a timer or play your favorite song to keep track of time.

Turn Off Tap: Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes. Don't let the water run unnecessarily.

Full Loads Only: Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads to maximize water efficiency.

Water-Efficient Landscaping: Choose drought-tolerant plants and use mulch to retain soil moisture. Water your lawn and garden during the early morning or late afternoon to reduce evaporation.

Adjust Sprinklers: Ensure that sprinklers are properly adjusted to avoid watering sidewalks or driveways. Consider a drip irrigation system for targeted watering.

Follow Summer Watering Restrictions:  City of Elko Code 9-1-13 allows the City to set mandatory watering days from June 15 through September 15. 

Use a Broom: Instead of using a hose, sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom to clean them

Check for Toilet Leaks: Add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that needs fixing.

Insulate Pipes: Insulate hot water pipes to reduce the time it takes for hot water to reach the tap, which can save both water and energy.

Run Dishwasher and Washer on Eco Mode: Many dishwashers and washing machines have an eco-friendly mode that uses less water and energy.

Upgrade Appliances: If your appliances are old, consider upgrading to more water-efficient models.

Recycled Water:  The City Water Reclamation Facility cleans our wastewater in order that the processed, or "recycled Water", can be used for a number of outdoor water uses to conserve our potable water. We depend on the use of over 300 million gallons of recycled water each year to satisfy water demands such as:  to grow hay and alfalfa at the Elko County Fairgrounds and at the Elko Land Application Site.

Educate Yourself: Learn about local water regulations, restrictions, and incentives for water conservation. Many areas offer rebates for water-saving upgrades.

Promote Awareness: Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to adopt water-saving practices. Community-wide efforts can have a significant impact.

Report Leaks: If you notice a water main break or a significant leak in your community, report it to the local water authority.

Conserve Water in the Workplace: Implement water-saving measures in your workplace, such as fixing leaks, using low-flow fixtures, and promoting water-conscious behavior.

Remember that water conservation benefits not only the environment but also your wallet by reducing water bills. By adopting these practices and encouraging others to do the same, you can contribute to a more sustainable and water-conscious future.