Wise Water Use
New Jersey American Water is committed to educating its customers on the importance of using water wisely. We communicate with our customers in a variety of ways, through information in customer bills, speaking engagements and through our website. At New Jersey American Water, we are committed to conserving our most precious resource. With some small changes, you can be a part of this commitment while lowering your water bill. Make water conservation a part of your daily routine and save water and money every day.
Every drop counts! Here are a few easy tips you can follow to save water and money!
Inside your home:
- Visit New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program website and find out how you can receive rebates on water- and energy-efficient household appliances, including clothes washers, dehumidifiers as well as refrigerator/freezer recycling rebates and lighting discounts. Better hurry, because some of these rebate requests are for a limited time only.
- Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full. If you have a water-saver cycle, use it.
- Adjust the water level of your clothes washer so it matches your load size.
- Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks. American Water offers leak detection kits, which are available by clicking here for a downloadable .pdf version. If you find a leak, have it fixed as soon as possible.
Leak Detection Kit (pdf)
- Consider water and energy-efficient appliances. The USEPA reports that EPA-certified Energy Star washing machines may use 35% less water per load. Water-saving shower heads, toilets and faucet aerators can also help cut your water usage.
- Insulate exposed water pipes with pre-slit foam insulation. You’ll enjoy hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Keep a bottle of cold tap water in the refrigerator. You’ll avoid the cost and environmental impact of bottled water and you’ll have cold water available in the summer without running the faucet.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing dishes in the sink.
At American Water, we are committed to conserving our most precious resource. With some small changes, you can be a part of this commitment while lowering your water bill.
Outside your home:
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell if your lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
- Make the most of your watering by watering in the early morning. As much as 30 percent of water can be lost to evaporation by watering during midday.
- Plan for fewer, deep-soaking waterings to encourage deep root growth and stronger turf.
- Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought-tolerant.
- Use drip irrigation hoses to water plants, and water in the early morning or evening.
- Consider using porous pavement (gravel is a good example) instead of asphalt for driveways and walkways, the rain will soak into the soil instead of running off and contributing to erosion.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway, or patio.
- Plant appropriately for your local climate. Check with local nurseries for non-invasive, drought-tolerant plants.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
For additional tips on how to save water inside and outside your home, take a look at our recent bill inserts on using water wisely:
A low-flow, pre-rinse spray valve is one of the easiest and most cost-effective energy saving devices available to the food service operator. In addition to minimizing water consumption, water heating energy and sewer charges are also reduced.
Replacing a typical spray valve that flows up to three gallons of water per minute (gpm) with a low-flow unit can yield the following results:
Hours of Spray Valve Usage Water Savings
Water Savings (Gallons/day)
Wastewater Savings (Gallons/day)
Gas Savings (therms/day)
Annual Dollar Savings
|1 hour/day||60||60||0.5 therms||$300 - $350|
|2 hour/day||120||120||1.0 therms||$600 - $700|
|3 hour/day||180||180||1.5 therms||$900 - $1,050|
|*Results based on spray valve water savings of 1 gallon per minute, water cost of $2.00 per unit (748 gallons), sewer cost of 3.00 per unit (748 gallons), and gas cost of $1.00 per therm.|
The Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) recommends a pre-rinse spray valve with a flow rate of 1.6 gallons per minute or less, and with a cleanability performance of 26 seconds per plate or less, based on the ASTM Standard Test Method for Performance of Pre-Rinse Spray Valves.
In an effort to test this, in late April, New Jersey American Water teamed up with Niagara Conservation to pilot a special conservation program in Ocean City, NJ. As part of the pilot, we provided 27 food-related businesses with a commercial, high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valve to assist them in reducing water use. On average, these establishments saved 150 gallons per day. Read more information on this and other community conservation programs by the company.
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