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Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips
Cutting down on your water usage may also help reduce your sewer bill. (Your sewer bill is based on the amount of water you use. The sewer rates are designed, however, to try and avoid billing sewer charges on water you use outdoors during the summer).

Note: Sewer charges are billed and collected by the Cedarburg Light & Water on behalf of the City of Cedarburg.

The following tips will help reduce your water bills:

  • Check for and repair toilet leaks. To check toilets for leaks, simply put food coloring in the tank. Do not flush. If coloring moves into the bowl, you've found a leak. The test can take minutes or hours, depending on severity of leak. A silent toilet leak can waste from 30 to 500 gallons of water per day. A toilet left running (allowing water to rapidly run into the bowl and down in the sewer) can waste over 100,000 gallons in a month. Visit www.toiletology for more tips on testing for a leaky toilet.
  • Check for dripping faucets. Dripping faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water each year.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Wash only full loads in dishwasher and don't over-rinse dishes before washing.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or control water level.
  • Don't let water run when it can be avoided - indoors & out!
    • Use a bucket to wash your car, and turn hose off between uses.
    • Sweep concrete instead of hosing.
    • Use bowl full of water to rinse vegetables.
    • Turn water off while brushing teeth or shaving.
    • Keep jug of water in refrigerator for drinking rather than letting water run from faucet until cold.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.
  • Sprinkle your lawn early or late in the day to avoid evaporation.
  • Click on the following link from the DNR for more information on watering your lawn, Efficient Lawn Watering Practices.
  • If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.
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