Indoor Conservation Tips

  • Install water saving devices available free to Moscow Residents. Click here for information on our Devices Giveaway Program
  • Know where the water shutoff valves are. Accidents happen, and when they happen to pipes or water heaters it is best to know how to shut the water off rather than dealing with a flood and a high water bill later.
  • Insulate water pipes. By insulating pipes you will reduce the amount of water and time it takes for the hot water to reach the faucet.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator. This will reduce the amount of water that is generally wasted when waiting for the cold water to reach the faucet. It will also improve the taste by allowing chlorine and sulfur smelling molecules to evaporate.
  • Turn the faucet off when brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Limit shower time, a 5 minute shower uses as much water as a bath.
  • In an older, high-flow toilet, place a water bottle full of sand or water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water flushed with each toilet use. Do not use bricks for this- they can break down and cause problems in the toilet system. Moscow residents can come to the Water Department for a free toilet tank bag to use instead of a water bottle.
  • Turn off the water when not rinsing in the shower.
  • Check and fix leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 15 gallons of water per day. Faucets are easy to fix. For information on how to fix a faucet yourself please visit
  • When cleaning out your fishbowl use the dirty water to water plants around the house. Not only will you conserve water, but you will also fertilize the plants with nitrogen and phosphorus in the process.
  • Rinse dishes in standing water rather than running the faucet.
  • Use the garbage disposal as little as possible. If it can go out with the trash, then send it. Better yet, compost your table scraps.
  • Do not use the toilet as a trashcan- only flush refuse-related items.          
  • Run clothes-washers and dishwashers only when full.
  • Check toilets for leaks. It is not uncommon for toilet flappers to wear with age. To test for a leak: place food coloring or a dye tablet in the toilet tank. Wait 10-20 minutes without flushing. If the dye seeps into the toilet bowl there is a leak, most likely from the flapper. A leaky toilet flapper can waste from 30 to 300 gallons of water per day. In Moscow that translates into a range of $24 to $407 wasted every year!
  • Leaky toilets can be fixed. For more information please visit
  • For more information on indoor conservation please visit

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Water Department
201 N. Main Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Voice: 208.882.3122
Fax: 208.883.7113