Straight from the Tap

Ways to Save: Conservation


Our tap water costs less than a penny per gallon but we know that every penny counts. By reducing your water use, you can save money on your water bill and help the environment. Here are some easy ways to save water every day.


  • Replace older fixtures and appliances with water-efficient EPA WaterSense products like low-flow showerheads, which use 50% less water.
  • Sign up for the Cleveland Water web portal to easily view your actual water usage by the day or by the hour and receive leak notifications.
  • Regularly check for and repair water leaks. Leaky toilets, showerheads, and faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water a year but are usually easy to repair.
  • Make sure all your faucets have aerators installed. These reduce flow volume by half without reducing water pressure.
  • Turn off the tap when water isn't needed while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or shaving. Running your tap continuously can waste more than 2 gallons of water every minute.
  • Using a dishwasher can save more than 5,000 gallons of water per year compared with washing dishes by hand. Only run your dishwasher (and your washing machine) when it’s full.
  • If you don’t have a dishwasher or need to hand-wash certain items, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward.
  • Scrape dirty dishes clean instead of rinsing. You can save 60 gallons of water a week by brushing food scraps into the garbage or compost instead of rinsing them into the garbage disposal.
  • Defrost frozen foods overnight in the refrigerator or using the defrost setting on your microwave rather than defrosting them under running water. This can save up to 50 gallons of water.


  • When watering plants, use a watering wand, drip irrigation, or soaker hose to direct water right to the root zone where it’s needed.
  • Water your lawn or garden during the early morning or evening hours. Never water during a hot afternoon. The high temperature will quickly evaporate the water requiring you to use more to hydrate plants adequately.
  • Cover your garden beds with a thin layer of mulch or compost to help retain moisture, reduce evaporation and minimize runoff.
  • Consider xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that uses native, slow-growing, and drought-tolerant plants to create a low maintenance lawn or garden with little need for watering.
  • If you do need to regularly water your lawn or garden, install rain barrels to collect and store rainwater that you can use for watering.
  • Regularly check spigots, garden hoses, and irrigation systems for leaks.
  • Instead of hosing down dirty driveways, sidewalks, or patios, use a push brush broom to sweep away dirt and debris.