Water Conservation Resources
The EPA WaterSense website has a wealth of information about what you can do to save water — and you’ll save energy, money and the environment at the same time! We are a WaterSense Partner. Here is specific information on water-saving showerheads, toilets, faucets, clothes washers and dishwashers.
Saving water outdoors is especially important. We are a partner in Greenscapes North Shore, a program to help residents and businesses have attractive lawns and landscapes with less water and chemicals.
Water Saving Resources
Educational Resources For Kids
General Water Saving Information
25 Best Ways to Conserve Water (awesome infographic)
Our publications and resources on water savings:
IRWA has developed a Regional Water Conservation Plan that provides guidelines and minimum standards for water conservation programs in the watershed. It was unanimously adopted by the Ipswich River Watershed Management Council.
IRWA and Mass Audubon produced a Water Conservation Report Card for the 14 communities that use the Ipswich River basin for their public water supply. The Report Card grades each town’s performance in six categories related to water use, including water use trends, residential water use, seasonal water use, non-account water, records and reports, and water rates.
Water Conservation Report Card (2002) (pdf) (We hope to update this in 2012.)
Balancing the Water Budget in Ipswich, MA: Model Financing Mechanisms for Integrated Water Resources Management (2007) provides detailed recommendations on two key programs: a water demand mitigation program and a stormwater utility.
Download the report in PDF format:
- Full Report (420 KB)
- Appendix A: Watershed Maps (1,286 KB)
- Appendix B: Egypt River Photos (1,044 KB)
Download individual chapters in PDF format:
- Title Page & Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Chapter 1: Purpose & Scope
- Chapter 2: Setting Water Balance Goals
- Chapter 3: Water Demand Mitigation Program
- Chapter 4: Stormwater Utility
- Chapter 5: Monitoring
- Chapter 6: Recommendations for Integrated Water Resources Management in Ipswich
Analysis of Water Offset Programs for Implementation in the Ipswich River Watershed, Massachusetts, surveyed the landscape of financing programs across the United States, including water banks and stormwater utilities. The report was produced in 2006 by Krista Anderson as a masters project for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. It offers recommendations for a comprehensive water offset program to improve streamflows in the Ipswich River watershed. Download the report in PDF format: