Water Conservation Tips
The City of Lafayette strives to conserve water and reduce overall water consumption. In November of 2013 Lafayette City Council enacted a permanent water conservation ordinance to help protect the City's water resources regardless of drought conditions.
Tips you can do at home to conserve water:
Lawns, Plants & Gardening
- Adjust your lawn mower blade to leave grass two and a half to three inches tall.
- Putting a layer of mulch around your trees and plants cuts down on evaporation and can save hundreds of gallons of water a month.
- Plant native grasses that require less water to grow.
- Aerate your lawn in the spring so water will reach the roots instead of running off the surface.
- Use wise water landscape practices from start to finish when planning your garden landscape.
- Consider planting a xeriscape garden with our new Garden-in-a-Box program or Turf Removal Program
Learn more about the right types of plants that will help save water.
Washing Dishes and Clothing
- When washing by hand, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water, rather than letting water run.
- Soak pots and pans before washing
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full
- Try a faucet aerator on your sink to reduce water use
- Take shallow baths
- Keeping showers under 5 minutes can save you up to 1000 gallons a month
- Use a low-flow showerhead
- Get a FREE indoor water-use inspection audit offered to Lafayette residents
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or while shaving, and save up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four
- Install low volume toilets
- Make sure your toilet flapper doesn't stick open after flushing
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak