Tips on Conserving Water


How You Can Reduce Household Water Use

Reduce Irrigation for the Biggest Impact!

Reducing irrigation at your home will have the largest impact on saving water. The TCPUD encourages the community to consider native landscaping at their properties to reduce irrigation and save water.  Click here for what outdoor water reduction looks like.

Outdoor Cleanup

Water is often a go-to tool for outdoor clean-up jobs but it is time to re-think how you use water outdoors.

  • Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and patio and save 8-18 gallons per minute.
  • Wash cars and boats with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle and save 8-18 gallons per minute.

Laundry Room

  • Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy
  • Install a water-efficient clothes washer, which will save up to 16 gallons per load. TCPUD offers a cash rebate program for all District customers who install Energy Star Clothes Washers.


  • Run the dishwasher only when full. This saves both water and energy.
  • Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher.
  • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows.
  • When washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Do not use running water to thaw food. Instead, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
  • If you accidentally drop ice cubes, do not throw them in the sink. Drop them in a houseplant instead.


  • Install low-flow showerheads and save up to 2.5 gallons each time you shower.
  • Take five-minute showers instead of 10-minute showers. This will save anywhere from 12.5 gallons to 25 gallons per shower.
  • Install aerators on bathroom faucets and save up to 1.2 gallons per person per day.
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving and save approximately 10 gallons per day.
  • Install a high-efficiency toilet and save up to 19 gallons per person per day. TCPUD offers a cash rebate program for all District customers who install a High Efficiency Toilet.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there is a leak.
  • Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste.
  • When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
  • Take a five-minute shower instead of a bath. A bathtub can use up to 70 gallons of water.

Click here for what indoor water reduction looks like.

Make conservation a way of life to protect our natural environment and resources.

The TCPUD offers a rebate program for:

  • High-efficiency Energy Star rated clothes washers
  • High-efficiency Energy Star rated dishwashers
  • Irrigation System Controls: Rain Sensor, Soil Moisture Sensor, Temperature Sensing Gauge

Click here for rebate application.

Energy Star

EPA Water Sense

The State of California offers a rebate program for:

  • High-efficiency Toilets
  • Turf Removal

 Useful Links


Water Footprint Calculator

Home Water Conservation Guide

California Urban Water Conservation Council

Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Landscape Conservation)

A Landscape Guide for Mountain Homes

Xeriscaping:  How to Make a Drought-Tolerant Landscape

For more information contact TCPUD at 530-580-6282 or