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.

faucet tap with flowing water

Around the House

  • Install low flow showerheads 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.

Changes you make indoors will save you money all year round. The best part is that some of the easiest fixes are inexpensive and easy to do yourself!


Visit our partners at the Regional Water Providers Consortium for more great conservation ideas.

Grass Sprinkler in Action. Irrigation system - device of watering in the garden. Lawn sprinkler on the Golf course - spraying water over green grass.

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.

If you have a yard, learning how to save water on your lawn and landscape during the warmer months is an important part of conservation.

Weekly Watering Number

Up to half of the water used to water our gardens is wasted because of over-watering, so sign up and start watering smart with the Weekly Watering Number today!

Additional Water Conservation Resources

We are a member of the Regional Water Providers Consortium, a group of 25 water providers located in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. We work together to share regional resources to help you save water all year-round. Visit to learn easy tips to help you save water indoors and outdoors.


CRW's 2022 Water Management and Conservation Plan