Conserve Our Water
Save Water at Home
We all play a role in smart water use. The Metro Water District is helping our communities learn the importance of water conservation and how each of us can make a difference.
10 Quick Tips
- Fix leaks immediately. Regularly check for leaks inside and outside your home.
- Don’t leave the tap running. When shaving, brushing your teeth, washing your face, or food, turn off the tap.
- Check your toilet for leaks. Put food color in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If it seeps into your toilet bowl, you have a leak.
- Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
- Replace older toilets and shower heads with high efficiency models. If your home was built before 1993, you may qualify for a toilet rebate.
- Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures. These products have been independently tested and verified to save at least 20% more water compared to conventional products.
- Scrape dishes before washing them. Avoid using the garbage disposal. It wastes a lot of water and can contribute to pipe clogs.
- Only water plants when necessary. Use a rain gauge and water no more than 1 inch per week. If you do water, only do so between the hours of 4pm and 10am.
- Reduce the amount of lawn and landscape with plants or plants well adapted to our region.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
Want to do more? Explore these additional resources to find out what’s best for your home. Then take the pledge and be a part of the My Drop Counts movement.
- The Metro Water District’s DIY Household Water Assessment (PDF) is a step by step guide to assess your water use. It includes easy tips on for reducing water use.
- Download and share the My Drop Counts Tip Card (PDF) and watch the savings add up from small changes in and outside your home.
- The My Drop Counts Water Conservation Tips brochure
- The Water Wise Landscape Guide (PDF) offers valuable information about ways to reduce outdoor water use.
- H2ouse.org takes you room by room inside the home and gives tips on how to conserve water inside your home.
- WaterSense, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, promotes and encourages the market for water-efficient products and services.
Save Water at Work
Whether you’re a small business or large corporation, community center or a neighborhood homeowners association, you can do a large part to help conserve our water supply. Together, we can save water and ensure the continued growth of our region.
Commercial Water Assessments
Commercial Water Assessments are the first step in water conservation. US EPA WaterSense has a comprehensive guide to saving water in the commerical setting including guidance on assessing facility water use. Visit Water Sense At Work for more information.
Save Water at School
Think about all the sinks, toilets, and water fountains that can be found around your school. Each one offers an opportunity to save water. Teachers, talk to your students. Students ask your teachers. We have to do it together.
Challenge a classmate or neighboring room to see who can save the most water. Then take the pledge and be a part of the “I’m In” movement.
- High Performance Healthy Schools assists schools in understanding and practicing environmentally sound principles.
- Georgia Project Wet is an organization that trains and provides award winning water related curriculum to teachers. Contact Georgia Project Wet for more information.
- The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation has developed a website full of information for students and teachers related to water conservation.
- Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia has a number of water related activities.
Educational Resources are available by category and grade so you can easily find what you need, whether you are an educator looking for lesson plans, or a student seeking helpful information on water conservation. Learn more
Save Water in Our Government
As a city or county government, it's our responsibility to set the example for those we represent. So do your part. Influence those around you. Together we can realize a significant savings and ensure the continued growth of our region.
The Water Supply and Water Conservation Management Plan of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) includes water conservation measures for local governments to implement in metro Atlanta.
Our Water Supply
In order to keep up with demand, the Metro Water District works with local, regional and state governments, as well as water utilities and other stakeholders to promote some of the most aggressive water supply and conservation efforts in the country. Learn more