Almost 70% of household water use
goes indoors to toilet flushing, laundry, showering and so on. Calculating
your indoor water use may help you identify ways to conserve water and start
saving money. Water conservation begins with you! Being conscious of your
water use, changing water-wasting habits, replacing water-guzzling fixtures
with more efficient models, and repairing leaks all contribute to making a
positive difference to the individual and the community.
Ways to Save
Water conservation includes both water saving fixtures and changing
behavior. Both of these reduces drinking water demand and the
amount of water diverted from the source. Lower demand
for drinking water also means reduced water and wastewater treatment
costs because less water is pumped, purified, and pushed through the
Bellingham moves to metered water for all residential properties,
customers will be able to reduce the water portion of their
utility bills by reducing home water use. Try these
Indoor Water Use Tips (PDF)
Appliances, Fixtures, and Devices
Replacing water-guzzling fixtures can
reduce home water consumption by up to 27 gallons per person per
day. The City of Bellingham offers a
rebate program and free Water
Conservation Kits, one kit per household, to our
water customers. The kits contain one low-flow showerhead, a
kitchen and a bathroom faucet aerator, and toilet leak
detection tablets. The kits can be obtained from the
Finance Department in City Hall at 210 Lottie Street.
The City is an EPA WaterSense partner. An easy way to identify
water-efficient products is to look for the
on toilets, faucets, and showerheads: these products perform well, help save money, and
the program encourages innovation in
- Consumer Reports - Greener Choices
is an information clearinghouse with green ratings of products and
appliances including washing machines and dishwashers.
- When buying water-related household appliances,
look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating.
High-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save
about 30% of indoor water use and can yield substantial savings
on water and energy bills.
- City staff compiled a list of websites offering
financial incentives and information (PDF).
- The City offers a rebate program
for certain water efficient toilets and washing machines.
Leaky pipes, toilets and faucets are often the biggest water wasters around your home. On average, leaks account for nearly 11,000 gallons of
water wasted per home, per year--enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
Fortunately, checking for leaks is simple and repairs are usually
minimal. While wet and audible leaks are most common, sometimes leaks can be
hidden and silent. If you are a metered water customer, check your meter
before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If your
meter reading has changed, there is a leak. Without a meter, it is important
to inspect each water fixture in and around your home. The links below
provide some easy tips to help you detect and repair a leaky faucet or
Other Water Conservation links
Please contact the Operations Division of the
Public Works Department if you would
like more information about Water Conservation.