Save Water, Save Money

Did you know that the amount of water needed to restore natural flows in the river – an estimated 14.4 million gallons per day – is about equal to the estimated amount used for lawn watering?

The Ipswich River provides drinking water to 335,000 people and thousands of businesses in 14 communities in northeastern Massachusetts. Water withdrawals frequently dry up parts of the Ipswich and Parker Rivers. The Ipswich River’s water deficit is increasing, due to unsustainable management, development and landscaping practices.

Two areas where the trend is worsening are summertime lawnwatering (where 15 million gallons a day are lost to evapotranspiration), and sanitary sewers, which export both dirty wastewater and clean groundwater from the watershed.

The result, The Ipswich River is one of the most flow stressed rivers in the United States, with main tributaries going dry for parts of every year.

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OTHER WATER SAVING INFORMATION

Let’s explore how we can work together to leave more water in the Ipswich River for the fish, birds, and other animals that need it.

Get oriented!

  1. Look at your water bill and calculate your per person water use. Click here for directions on understanding your water bill and calculating water use.
  2. Look at your water meter and see your water use as it happens.Your meter can tell you how much water you are using per day, week, month and year. You can monitor your meter yourself and check your figures against your water bill to verify the accuracy of your water bill.

Use Your Water Meter to Check for Leaks!

Here’s how see if plumbing leaks are wasting Ipswich River water and your money:

  • Find your water meter is inside a rectangular concrete box, flush with the ground, and is usually located near the roadway or sidewalk.
  • Turn off all the water inside and outside your house.
  • Look at your water meter. If the meter’s hand is moving, you’ve got a leak.
  • If it’s not moving, note the position of the meter and recheck it in 10 minutes. If it moved, you’ve got a slow leak.
  • Here’s a cool way to see if it’s your toilet that’s leaking: Flush the toilet, then add a teaspoon of food coloring to the tank – don’t flush it. After 15 minutes, check the bowl. If you can see any dye, your toilet’s leaking.

Get Free and Discounted Stuff!

You can save money claim rebates, discounts, and incentives for water conservation with help from your town.

Danvers

  1. droplet copy Water Conservation and Efficiency: Learn how to conserve water with our water calculator! WUMP – Water Use Mitigation Program Rebates- provides rebates to its water account holders for replacing old inefficient fixtures with water conserving fixtures.

    droplet copy  ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate (toilet, faucet and showerhead, clothes washer, lawn irrigation rain sensor, refrigerator and central air conditioner)

    Ipswich

    droplet copy Appliance Rebates (Clothes Washer, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Room AC, Dehumidifier $20, Central Air Conditioner)

    Georgetown

    droplet copy  Rebates: (refrigerator, dishwasher, programmable thermostat)

    Middleton

    droplet copy Rain Barrel Programrb1

    North Reading

    droplet copy Interactive water use calculator

    droplet copy  Discounted rain barrels

    Peabody

    droplet copy Appliance Rebate Incentive Program

    Reading

    droplet copy Water Conservation Rebate Program

    Wilmington

    droplet copy The town offers a home water use audit worksheet