Water Saving Tips


Use Less Water


Use less water and save money with these helpful tips from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).


  • Fix dripping taps as soon as you notice them.
  • Replace your faucet aerators and clean them monthly. It will not only help reduce water usage, but also helps provide cleaner drinking water.
  • While you wait for water to heat up at your kitchen and bath faucets, collect the water in a pitcher or bucket to use for your plants.
  • Fix running toilet immediately, otherwise several gallons of water will be wasted every hour.
  • Put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank and don't flush for a few hours. When you come back to your toilet, if there is colored water in your toilet bowl then you have a leak. Call a licensed plumber if you don't know how to fix it.
  • Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving.
  • Only use one glass for drinking water per day. This will reduce the number of glasses to wash and will save water.
  • Don’t rinse dishes with running water. Use one tub or basin to wash and the other to rinse.
  • Use a pitcher or clean gallon jug to store water in your refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run every time you want a cold glass of water.
  • Match the amount of water with the load in your washing machine.
  • Succulents are popular house plants. Choose them instead of thirstier house plants or fresh cut flowers.
  • Regularly check all your taps and pipes for leaks.
  • Wash your car using a bucket instead of a running hose.
  • Time your shower to be five minutes or less.
  • Bathe small children together to save water.
  • Monitor water usage closely as this can show new leaks or help you alter your habits to reduce water use. You can view your real-time water usage through the DWSD Customer Care Portal.
  • Soak fruits and vegetables in a tub to clean them at the same time rather than running each item under your faucet.
  • Check the weather forecast before watering your lawn – you may not have to water that day at all.
  • Insulate hot water pipes to save time waiting for water to heat up.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outdoor areas, such as driveways, sidewalks and exterior walls.
  • If you are a low-income household, you may qualify for WRAP, the Water Residential Assistance Program, which includes minor home plumbing repairs to help you eliminate unnecessary water usage and reduce your monthly bill.