The City of Richmond is committed to providing adequate water supplies to meet the demands of our bustling community in a fiscally responsible manner. The cost to secure water supplies; construct, maintain, and operate the City’s production, treatment and delivery infrastructure; as well as adherence to state and federal regulations impact water rates. Water conservation is our most powerful tool to maintaining static water rates and prolonging or possibly eliminating costly infrastructure expansions.
The City’s method of reducing water use and preventing water loss, involves education outreach, helpful tools, and seasonal programs that encourage citizen participation and community partnerships in order to change water use habits.
Do Your Part to Conserve Water
- Water your yard thoroughly, but only as needed
- Use drip irrigation for plants and gardens, and water early in the morning to minimize evaporation.
- Collecting rainwater for landscape use is great for the plants and can save you water and money.
- Install aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.
- Fix faucet leaks, which can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.
- Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by 25% to 60% and save energy.
- Check your toilet by using a leak-detection dye tablet. Leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Replace older toilets with water-efficient models and save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year.
- Washing only full loads of laundry can save an average household more than 3,400 gallons of water each year. Invest in an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer, which typically uses 50% less water and 30% less energy per load.
Helpful Water Conservation Guides