• Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering plants or cleaning.
  • Verify that your home is leak free. To check, read your water meter before and after a one hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read the same, there is a leak.
  • Repair any leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water per year, which will also add to the sewer charge on your utility bill.
  • Check for toilet tank leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the water in the bowl within 30 minutes. Flush when the test is completed to prevent tank staining.
  • Never use a toilet as a trash can. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash.
  • Consider purchasing low-volume toilets which use less than half the water of older models.
  • Take shorter showers and install low flow shower heads.
  • Don’t let water run when shaving, washing your face or brushing your teeth.
  • Operate dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full.


  • Don’t over water your lawn.
  • Water lawns in early morning hours when temperatures and wind speeds are at their lowest.
  • Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so that the water lands on plants and grass not paved areas.
  • To Retain Moisture in the soil, mulch your landscape planters.
  • Don’t hose down your driveway or sidewalk, use a broom to clean leaves and other debris.
  • Contact the Jackson MUA customer service department to find out if a second water meter to record outside usage is right for you.

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