Salt Lake City

Public Utilities

Customer Service: (801) 483-6900 | Report Emergency: (801) 483-6700

Conservation

Currently, we use on average about 147 gallons of water a day indoors in our homes. Single-family, apartments, it doesn’t matter. That may not sound like much, but bathing, cooking, laundry, toilets – it all takes water. To meet our five-year water conservation goal, we need to think about saving water indoors! Now, we don’t want you to not use water, but we do need you to be mindful of how you use water. So, we’re launching the 7-Gallon Challenge! If every household uses 7 less gallons a day at home, together we can save 157 million gallons of water. This year! So, household, apartment, and condo dwellers – ready, set, save!

Did you know by letting the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes you can waste 2 to 4 gallons a minute?  That adds up to thousands of gallons a year wasted.  Follow these simple steps at home and you can easily save water:

  • Repair leaking pipes and faucets
  • Only run the dishwasher when its full
  • Set the washing machine for the appropriate load level
  • Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands
  • Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking so you won’t have to let the faucet run to get cold water
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can 

For example, if you brush your teeth twice a day, for three minutes and leave the water running, you use 6 to 9 gallons of water. If you turn off the tap while you brush, you use less than a gallon. You can save 8 gallons. Challenge met!

Conservation: Everyone can help extend our water supply

Population growth, climate change and even short-term weather fluctuations have an impact on our water supply. Our water conservation planning and programs are critical in addressing those impacts.

Conservation measures can be the least expensive means to extending our water supply, and are typically easier and quicker to put in place than reservoirs, pumping stations and other infrastructure.

Partnering with the public is key to the success of Public Utilities’ longtime conservation efforts. With your help we can accomplish our top priority: Ensuring a continued supply of high-quality drinking water and a meaningful quality of life for today and tomorrow.

Part of our long-term planning is the Water Shortage Contingency Plan update.

Our Conservation Program Manager Stephanie Duer can provide helpful water-saving information, including landscaping tips for our climate and terrain. You can reach Stephanie at 801-483-6860 or stephanie.duer@slcgov.com