Ivins City Water Conservation Plan and Tips

We live in a desert and water is precious. Ivins City encourages water conservation to its utmost extent. Ivins City has developed a water conservation plan. To read the entire plan please click the following:

Ivins City Water Conservation Plan

We receive much of our water from the Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD). The district has been very supportive of water conservation in our area. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the districts Free Water Check Program. Please the click the following link for more information:

Washington County Water Conservancy District, Conservation Plan, Tips and Resources

We also have some great water conservation tips here for you to consider:

Outside Water Use Conservation Tips:

  • Water landscape only as much as required by the type of landscape, and the specific weather patterns of our area.
  • Avoid watering during the heat of the day when losses due to wind and evaporation are greatest.  You may actually end up doing more harm than good to your landscape, as well as wasting a significant amount of water.
  • Use a broom to sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of using the hose to clean them off.
  • Wash your car from a bucket of soapy (biodegradable) water and rinse while parked on or near the grass or landscape so that all the water running off goes to beneficial use instead of running down the gutter to waste.
  • Check for and repair leaks in all pipes, hoses, faucets, couplings, valves, etc.  Verify there are no leaks by turning everything off and checking your water meter to see if it is still running.  Many underground leaks may not be visible.
  • Use mulch around trees and shrubs, as well as in your yard to retain as much moisture as possible.  Areas with drip systems will use much less water, particularly during hot, dry and windy conditions.
  • Keep your lawn well-trimmed and all other landscaped areas free of weeds to reduce overall water needs of your yard.

Indoor Water Use Conservation Tips:

About two-thirds of the total water used in a household is used in the bathroom.  Concentrate on reducing your bathroom use.  Following are suggestions for this specific area:

  • Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket.  Put all tissues, wrappers, diapers, cigarette butts, etc. in the trashcan.
  • Check the toilet for leaks.  Is the water level too high?  Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  If the bowl water becomes colored without flushing, there is a leak.  A leaking toilet may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.
  • If you do not have a low volume flush toilet, put a plastic bottle full of sand and water to reduce the amount of water used per flush.  However, be careful not to over conserve to the point of having to flush twice to make the toilet work.  Also, be sure the containers used do not interfere with the flushing mechanism.
  • Take short showers with the water turned up only as much as necessary.  Turn the shower off while soaping up or shampooing.  Install low flow showerheads and/or other flow restriction devices.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth.  Fill the sink or a glass instead.

Other Indoor Water Use Tips:

  • When doing laundry, make sure you always wash a full load or adjust the water level appropriately if your machine has that capability.  Most machines use 40 gallons or more for each load, whether it is two socks or a week’s worth of clothes.
  • Use your automatic dishwater only for full loads.  Each load you run uses about 25 gallons of water.  If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
  • Repair any leak within the household.  Even a minor slow drip can waste up to 15 to 20 gallons of water a day.
  • Know where your main shutoff valve is and make sure that it works.  Shutting the water off yourself when a pipe breaks or a leak occurs will not only save water, but also eliminate or minimize damage to your personal property.
  • Keep a jar of water in the refrigerator for a cold drink instead of running water from the tap until it gets cold.  You are putting several glasses of water down the drain for one cold drink.
  • Plug the sink when rinsing vegetables, dishes, or anything else; use only a sink full of water instead of continually running water down the drain.