Water Conservation

Water is a precious resource that we all have a responsibility to protect and conserve. Especially with more frequent drought conditions and increasing demands on limited water supplies, conserving water has become a pressing issue for communities in Massachusetts. Become a water steward today with the tips and resources below.

Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation and efficiency don't have to be a burden. Find some easy ways to use less water and shrink your water footprint with this collection of tips for cutting back on your water use.

  • Check Your Plumbing - Repair leaky faucets, indoors and out, and consider replacing old equipment.
  • Use Less Water Indoors - There are many small adjustments you can make to save water inside your home. Take shorter showers, only run the dishwasher when it's full, buy water-efficient appliances.
  • Use Less Water Outdoors - Of all the residential water we use in the U.S., on average we use about a quarter outdoors. Watering your lawn less frequently, maximizing the use of natural vegetation, and collecting water in a rain barrel can all reduce your outdoor water usage.
  • Save Energy, Save Water - It takes water to make electricity and transportation fuels and it takes energy to move, heat, and treat water, so saving energy saves water.
  • Change Your Buying Habits - Everything you buy, use, and throw away took water to process and transport. Use, less by making thoughtful purchases and reusing and recycling more.
  • Change Your Diet - It takes water - a lot of it - to grow, process, and transport your food. When you eat lower on the food chain, eat more whole foods, and waste less food, you also save water.

See a full list of tips at the EPA's Water Conservation for Residents page and the Commonwealth's Water Use and Water Conservation page.

EPA WaterSense Program

The Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program has the resources you need to conserve water at home and at work. Learn more about water-efficient products, access educational resources, and find additional tips at their website