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Water Wise

Tips and Tricks to Save Water & Our Infrastructure

In the Kitchen

  • DON'T put produce stickers down the drain. 

  • DON'T let the water run when washing dishes by hand. Instead, fill up the sink.

  • DON'T put fat, oil, grease, and grit (FOGG) down the drain. The following are common examples of FOGG:



-Egg Shells

-Uncooked Rice

-Bacon Grease

-Coffee Grounds

  • DO scrape grease and food scraps from cooking surfaces into a container and put it in the trash or use in composting.

  • DO use baskets or strainers in the sink to catch food scraps and other solids. Empty what you catch into the trash or compost them.

  • DO invest in high efficiency products when replacing old appliances to help conserve water.

  • DON'T flush the following: 

- Wipes (even if they say "flushable")
-Baby Wipes 


-Cleaning Wipes

-Paper Towels

-Rags and Towels

-Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls

-Feminine Products

-Household Cleaners

-Unused Pharmaceuticals

-Paint, Used Motor Oil, Pesticides

-Aquarium Gravel or Kitty Litter

  • DON'T let leaks go unfixed. A small leak can indicate a bigger issue, and can lead to a hefty water bill. CLICK HERE to calculate how much water is wasted by a leaky faucet. 

  • DO invest in high efficiency products such as low flow shower heads and toilets.

  • DO limit your time in the shower to help conserve water.

  • DO add a toilet bag or brick in your tank to help with water pressure in older toilets (not in low-flow toilets).

In the Bathroom


  • DON'T spray off your driveway or patio if you're looking to save water. Instead, sweep it off with a broom. 

  • DO be conscious of the time of day you use your sprinkler system. Early in the morning and late at night are optimal times to avoid excess evaporation. 

  • DO select plants appropriate for the climate in Southwestern Idaho. Group your plants based on their watering needs to avoid over watering or under watering. Place mulch around your plants to reduce evaporation.

Call Before You Dig

Don't pay for a costly mistake that can easily be prevented. Underground power, gas and water lines can cause significant injury and damage if struck. Before you start any type of construction or excavation projects on or near your home, call 811 to identify all underground utilities. 

This single call will connect you to Idaho's one call underground notification center which in turn will notify all of the utility providers in your area. Upon receiving notice, they will then mark their facilities around your property within 48 hours at no cost to you. You can also submit an on-line locate request at

APWA Uniform Color Codes

Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables

Communications, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit, Traffic Loops

Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum, Gaseous Materials

Potable Water

Reclaimed Water, Irrigation, Slurry Lines

Sewers and Drain Lines

Outlining Dig Site

Temporary Survey Marks

Do you ever wonder what those colored lines on the ground actually mean?