Residential Conservation Tips


Clackamas River Water is here to help you save water, money and energy! We’ve compiled some of the easiest ways to conserve water around your home and garden. Remember, the more water you save, the more water stays in our most valuable resource, the Clackamas River.


Around the House:

  • Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators for a 50 percent reduction of your household water consumption.

  • Newer model washing machines use less water and energy. Older machines can use up to 50 gallons per load while newer models use around 25 gallons per load. Look for the Energy Star label.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running water until it is cold.
  • Do laundry only with full loads on the shortest wash cycle. If a small load must be done, adjust the setting to a lower water level.
  • Fill the sink and turn off the tap while washing dishes.
  • Clean vegetables in a bowl of water.

In The Garden:

  • Plant native plants that have adapted to our soil and climate conditions; once established they can thrive in Oregon’s wet winters and dry summers.
  • Use a soaker hose in the garden for watering shrubs and bushes.
  • Use a hose and sprinkler system for the lawn.
  • Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Install a rain shutoff device on irrigation systems.
  • Place a rain barrel under a downspout to collect rain water for future use.