Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips

Metro Atlantans can take many steps both inside and outside the home to conserve water. These tips will also help to save money!


  • Only water lawns and plants if they need it. More plants die in Georgia from overwatering than under watering. One inch of rain or water every 7 to 10 days is all your plants need.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Install a rain sensor so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
  • Landscape with native plants or plants well adapted to our region.
  • Water the base of the plant instead of leaves. This saves water and reduces disease.
  • Group plants with the same watering needs together.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway, sidewalk and deck.
  • Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers well-adapted to our region.


  • Reduce your shower by two minutes and you can save five gallons of water per shower.
  • Turn off the water while you shave or brush your teeth and you can save at least 100 gallons a week.
  • 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.
  • Scrape your dishes instead of rinsing before placing in the dishwasher, and you can save six gallons a day.
  • Limit dishwashing to full loads, and you can save at least two gallons per load.
  • Use the refrigerator to thaw frozen food.
  • Fix leaky faucets as soon as you notice them. A leak of 60 drips per minute wastes 192 gallons per month.
  • Do only full loads of laundry. Cutting back one load of laundry can save up to 45 gallons per load.

Find more conservation tips at My Drop Counts.

Source: Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District