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Despite all the rain this past winter water conservation is still very important. It can also save you a few bucks on your monthly water bill. Here are a few tips to save water & money.

Repair any leaks in your toilets.

To reduce the water required to flush, put a quart plastic bottle of water in the tank and save one quart per flush or adjust the float level.

Replace your old toilet if it was manufactured before 1992. Newer toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush.

Take showers instead of tub baths and limit shower time to two minutes or less.

Install a flow-control device in your showers.

Turn off shower water while you apply soap to body, or shampoo and shave.

Don’t use your clothes washing machine with less than a full load or use a lower water-level setting.

Replace your clothes washer. Newer models can use up to 50 percent less water than older ones.

Pretreat stains to avoid rewashing, and use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads.

Use a pan of water when peeling and cleaning vegetables and fruits rather than letting the sink tap run.

Use the garbage disposal only once per dishwashing session.

Don’t run the tap to get cold water. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.

Don’t thaw frozen foods with running tap water.

Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full, and scrape rather than rinse dishes that go in the dishwasher.

Use one pan of soapy water and one of hot water for washing dishes by hand.

Water the lawn less frequently and only at night to reduce evaporation losses.

Install an automatic sprinkler system, which is much more water efficient than hand watering.

Water dry areas by hand. Plant drought-resistant plants and trees.

Don't water your driveway, sidewalks, house or neighbor’s lawn, and don’t water when it’s windy out.

Use a drip system for gardens, which encourages strong root systems and cuts down on evaporation.

Remove weeds promptly – they rob other plants of water.

Mow less – mowing puts grass under stress, which makes it need more water.

Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and decks. Use a broom.

When washing the car, get it wet then turn off the water while you soap the car down. Use the hose only for the final rinse.

Turn off all water if you are going to be away from home on a vacation or trip.

Mulch shrubs and garden plants to retain moisture in the soil longer.