Water Conservation Tips

Clean, potable water is one of our most precious resources. The Town of Fuquay-Varina is committed to providing each home in our service area with an adequate supply of this valuable commodity. You, as a resident of our service area can help by following a few simple hints for conservation.
  • Just 1 faucet leaking at the rate of 1 drop per second can waste as much as 2,800 gallons of water per year. Not only does this waste our water, it adds greatly to your utility bill.
  • If your home is equipped with a dishwasher, wash only full loads. If you wash dishes by hand, do not let the water run continuously when rinsing.
  • A modern shower head utilizes about 2.5 to 3 gallons of water per minute. A 5 minute shower would use about 15 gallons. A tub bath will require 35 to 50 gallons.
  • Aerator type faucets help reduce usage. Turning the water off while shaving or brushing teeth is another conservation tool.
  • Did you know that your toilet can use from 1.7 gallons all the way up to 7.5 gallons of water each time it is flushed? A good tip is to fill a 2 liter bottle with water and place it in your commode tank. You save 2 liters per flush by this simple conservation method. Periodically check to see if you hear water running in your commode tank. A valve not properly seating can permit water to trickle into the tank, and waste up to 1,200 gallons per month.
  • When watering your lawn or plants, water by hand rather than by sprinklers. Direct the water to the plants root system, or to needed areas of the lawn. Do not allow sprinklers to deposit water on impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, etc.
Following these, and other conservation practices helps to assure a continued water source for our future.