Water Conservation Tips

DPH recommends the following water conservation measures for both public water users and private well owners:

  • Turn off the sprinkler system for the season. If you must water your lawn, only do it once weekly.
  • Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation. If you must plant, choose drought-resistant varieties.
  • Refrain from unnecessary or wasteful uses of water, such as the rinsing of sidewalks, driveways, and patios (sweep or use a blower to clear debris).
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
  • Do not leave the faucet running unnecessarily when washing dishes, shaving, brushing teeth, and washing hands.
  • Take shorter showers. Consider reducing your shower time by one minute each day until you are taking a five-minute shower.
  • Avoid power washing buildings and washing vehicles.
  • Fix leakages that you may find around the home or business.

Additionally, Groton Utilities recommends the following tips:

  • Choose energy-efficient appliances (washing machines, dishwashers) when replacing old ones.
  • Older toilets use a large amount of water per flush. Consider investing in a low-flow toilet or a displacement device for the toilet tank.
  • Consider adding a rain barrel to your garden for future water conservation efforts.