Water Tips

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  • Use your automatic dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only.
  • Turn the water off while you brush your teeth.
  • Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator. This eliminates the need to run the tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Check your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in your tank. If the color shows up in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a wasteful leak that is costing you money and is wasting water.
  • Take shorter showers. A shower uses about 6-10 gallons per minute. Time yourself!
  • Use a broom instead of water to clean your driveways, patios and sidewalks.
  • Don't run the hose while washing your car. Instead, fill a bucket with soapy water and then rinse.
  • Only water your lawn when necessary. If the grass springs back after you step on it, then it does not need to be watered.
  • If you are a residential customer with an outside remote head attached to your meter, read both numbers twice each year to compare readings. If they do not agree, notify customer service.
  • Recycle water from fish tanks. Use it to water plants. Fish emulsion is a good, inexpensive fertilizer high in nitrogen and phosphorous.
  • Check your faucets for leaks today. Replace worn washers.
  • When watering the lawn, avoid watering the house, sidewalk or street. Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered.
  • Never pour toxic chemicals down the drain, on the ground, or in the trash. Choose natural household cleaners like borax, ammonia, vinegar, and baking soda and recycle hazardous household waste at waste collection centers.
  • Promote water conservation by watering trees and plants only once a week.
  • Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to retain water. There are more acres of garden lawn in America than any other crop!
  • To protect groundwater, homeowners should go easy on using lawn chemicals and pesticides. On average, 50%-70% of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens. Homes with a well and a public supply must never connect the two systems.

Entrance to Mishawaka Water Department with small pond and fountain



401 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Mishawaka, IN  46545

Phone (574) 258-1652

Fax (574) 258-1711



Phone (574) 258-1652



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