Did you know...
Almost 70% of household water use goes indoors to toilet flushing, laundry, showering and so on. Calculating your indoor water use may help you to identify ways to conserve water and start saving money.
 
You can help!
Water conservation begins with you! Being conscious of your water use, changing water-wasting habits, replacing water-guzzling fixtures with more efficient models, and repairing leaks all contribute to conserving our community's water resources.

Ways to Save
Water conservation includes both water saving fixtures as well as changes in behavior. Both of these reduce drinking water demand and the amount of water being diverted from the source. Lower demand for drinking water also means reduced water and wastewater treatment costs because less water is pumped, purified, and pushed through the system. As Bellingham moves to metered water for all residential properties, customers will be able to reduce the water portion of their utility bills by reducing home water use. Try these Indoor Water Use Tips (PDF) and save water and money!

Appliances, Fixtures, and Devices
Replacing water-guzzling fixtures can reduce home water consumption by up to 27 gallons per person per day. The City of Bellingham offers a rebate program and free Water Conservation Kits, one kit per household, to our water customers. The Kits contain one low-flow showerhead, a kitchen and a bathroom faucet aerator, and toilet leak detection tablets. The Kits can be obtained from the Finance Department in City Hall at 210 Lottie Street.
  • The City is an EPA WaterSense partner. An easy way to identify water-efficient products is to look for the WaterSense label on toilets, faucets, and showerheads: these products perform well and save money.
  • Consumer Reports - Greener Choices is an information clearinghouse with green ratings of products and appliances including washing machines and dishwashers.
  • When buying water-related household appliances, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating. High-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30% of indoor water use and can yield substantial savings on water and energy bills.
  • Here is a list of websites offering financial incentives and information (PDF) compiled by City staff.
  • The City offers a rebate program for certain water efficient toilets and washing machines.

Repair Leaks
Leaky pipes, toilets and faucets are often the biggest water wasters around your home. On average, leaks account for nearly 11,000 gallons of water wasted per home, per year -- enough to fill a backyard swimming pool!

Fortunately, checking for leaks is simple and repairs are usually minimal. While wet and audible leaks are most common, sometimes leaks can be hidden and silent. If you are a metered water customer, check your meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If your meter reading has changed, there is a leak. Without a  meter, it is important to inspect each water fixture in and around your home. 





    Resources
    Indoor Water Use Tips
    Water Use Efficiency Rebate Project
    Community Energy Challenge
    Water Conservation Checklist