Tips to Reduce Water Usage

Tips to Reduce Water Usage
Posted on 09/09/2020

Don't be surprised by a higher than usual water bill. With residents spending more time at home in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, water usage has increased. Children at home distance learning and adults working from home for extended periods of time means more water consumption. This increased usage means an increase in the water bill.

Here are some tips to help reduce water usage:

  • Fix leaks, including leaky toilets. Don’t forget to check outdoor faucets for leaks.
  • Install high-efficiency toilets, aerators on bathroom faucets, and water-efficient shower heads.
  • Take shorter (5 minute) showers. Consider using a timer.
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving or soaping up.
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only. Make sure you are adjusting settings to the proper load size.
  • Refrain from watering your home landscape when it rains.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, patios and sidewalks instead of water from a hose.
  • When replacing dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, etc. consider energy- and water-efficient replacements.

Additional questions about your utility bill? Contact utility billing at utilitybilling@newhopemn.gov or 763.592.6760.