Easy Ways You Can Help Conserve and Protect Water

Never let the water run

Shut off the faucet while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers instead of baths, wash only full loads of laundry, and consider using a dishwasher instead of hand washing. These tweaks to your daily routine may seem insignificant, but they can help save thousands of gallons of water a month.

Plant a native garden

Lawns are unnatural and high maintenance, but flowers, grasses, and shrubs native to your area have naturally adapted to thrive without frequent watering. They are also better for the soil and provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife. If you do keep a lawn, use a well-maintained sprinkler system, and water the grass only when needed.

Keep the water clean

Never litter—poorly managed trash ends up in our waterways. Use fewer chemicals and fertilizers in your yard. And consider joining clean-up activities in your area, at beaches or along rivers.

Get involved locally

Work with community leaders to find ways to address water conservation challenges in your area. Support local initiatives to protect wetlands and other critical habitats for birds and people.