Water Conservation

Rockwood Water encourages its customers to voluntarily conserve water. Using water wisely will help ensure a plentiful water supply for the future. Remember, every drop counts! Below you will find suggestions for conserving water throughout your home or business. For more information on conservation programs and materials, please call the District office at 503-665-4179 or email waterconservation@rwpud.org.

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FIX A LEAK WEEK MARCH 20 – 26, 2017
More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry!

Here’s how to identify leaks around your home:

  • Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons (16 units) per month in the winter, you probably have leaks!

Here’s how you can address leaks found at home:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. We give away toilet leak detection tablets at the District office! Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom faucet, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator. You can pick up a free one at the District office!
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

For more information on how you can conserve water, including how-to videos, resources, and events, visit the Regional Water Providers Consortium’s conservation page.