Water Conservation Program

Drinking Water Programs and Services

Water Conservation Programs

A leaky hose, a running toilet, or a long shower may not seem like much water, but every drop counts—our water bills are proof of that!  Discover the many reasons to conserve water and learn about programs we have to help you save water and lower your water bill.

Free Water Saving Items – Conserve water, save money!

Indoor Water Saving Kit

Saves up to 6,000 gallons each year! This kit includes the following items:

  • 2 Toilet Leak Detection Tablets
  • 1 High Efficiency Shower Head (1.5 gallons per minute).
  • 1 Swivel Kitchen Faucet Aerator (1.5 gallons per minute).
  • 1 Bathroom Faucet Aerator (0.5 gallons per minute).

Limit 1 kit per household (including multi-family housing units).

Bring your account number or water bill into Lacey City Hall and pick up your kit at the Public Works Department.

Outdoor Water Saving Kit

Saves more than 7,300 gallons each year! This kit includes the following items:

  • 3 Hose Screens
  • 2 Hose Repair Ends
  • 1 Heavy-duty Adjustable Spray Nozzle

Limit 1 kit per household (including multi-family housing units).

Bring your account number or water bill into Lacey City Hall and pick up your kit at the Public Works Department.

Automatic Shut-Off Hose Sprinkler timer

Saves more than 2,500 gallons each year!

Do you sometimes forget to turn off your sprinkler when watering your lawn? These hose timers connect to your hose bib and sprinkler and will automatically shut off after the desired set time.

Limit 1 timer per household (including multi-family housing units).

Bring your account number or water bill into Lacey City Hall and pick up your kit at the Public Works Department.

Soil Moisture Sensor

Saves more than 2,500 gallons each year!

Overwatering your lawn not only wastes water, it can also cause disease. A soil moisture sensor is a device that will show you when the soil is ready to be watered to prevent overwatering and wasting money.

Limit 1 sensor per household (including multi-family housing units).

Bring your account number or water bill into Lacey City Hall and pick up your kit at the Public Works Department.

To check availability of items, contact Lacey Public Works at 360-491-5600.

Residential Rebate Offers – Savings for your home!

High Efficiency Washing Machine Rebate

Residential water customers are eligible for a rebate on resource efficient washing machines, most of which are front-loading models. The purchase and installation of an ENERGY STAR certified washing machine can save the average household up to 8,000 gallons of water per year.

For Sewer customers please visit lottcleanwater.org.

SEPTIC Rebate Application – The free toilet replacement program is open for 2022.

If you are unsure about which application you should use, call 360-486-8707.

High Efficiency Toilet Rebate (for SEWER customers)

To encourage water conservation, the City of Lacey and the LOTT Clean Water Alliance are offering customers $100 rebates for the purchase of ultra high efficiency toilets (UHETs).

UHETs use an average of 1.1 gallons per flush. If you have high-flow toilets that use 3.5 gallons or more per flush (installed prior to 1993), you can save an average of 34 gallons per day, or over 12,000 gallons per year by installing HET fixtures.

If you currently have toilets that are up to current plumbing codes and use 1.6 gallons or more per flush (installed between 1993-2014), you can save an average of 11 gallons per day or over 4,000 gallons per year by installing UHET fixtures!

Maximum (3) HET rebates per household.

The rebate application and a list of qualifying toilets can be found at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Website.

High Efficiency Toilet Replacement Program (for SEPTIC users)

Single family residences are eligible to receive up to (2) free high efficiency toilets IF the toilets they are replacing use more than 3 gallons per flush.

Toilets installed prior to 1993 will most likely qualify.

In order to determine if your old toilets use more than 3 gallons per flush, you will take some basic measurements of your current toilets in the rebate application below. Instructions are included.

High Efficiency Toilet Replacement Application

Complete the rebate application (including the toilet measurements) and attach a copy of your water bill. These materials can then be dropped off or mailed to:

City of Lacey
Water Resources HET Program
420 College St. SE
Lacey, WA 98503

You can also email application to WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us

The 2022 program is now open. For questions, contact Lacey Water Resources at 360-486-8707 or email WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us.

Not sure if you are a Sewer Customer or on a Septic System?
Call or email Lacey Public Works at (360) 491-5600 | WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us.

Commercial Rebate Offers – Savings for your business or construction project!

Replacing 5 or fewer toilets?

Commercial businesses, multi-plex, and multi-family residences may be eligible to receive a $100 rebate for toilets purchased to replace old toilets that use 1.6 gallons or more.

Toilets purchased must be ADA High Efficiency models that use no more than 1.1 gallons and have a MaP testing score of 600 or greater. Some commercial applications that require flushometer style toilets or that lack supplemental wastewater flows and/or adequately sloped sewer lines may continue to be eligible for rebates under previous program guidelines, where toilets must use 1.28 gallons or less per flush and have a MaP score of 750 or greater.

For toilet replacement for sewer systems: A list of qualifying toilets can be found at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Website

For toilet replacement for septic systems: High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Application.

Replacing 6 or more toilets?

If the building where you conduct your business have toilets that use more than 3.5 gallons per flush, you may be eligible to receive up to 75% funding on the cost of installing high efficiency toilet models through the WaterSmart Technology Program.

WaterSmart Program Brochure

For more information, contact Lacey Water Resources at WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-486-8707.

WaterSmart Technology Rebate

The WaterSmart Technology Program provides up to 75% funding for projects that save water in your business (must be SEWER customer). The opportunities are endless and include things like ice machines, urinals, boilers, and more!

WaterSmart Program Brochure

For more information, contact WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-486-8707.

Irrigation System Upgrade Rebate Program

Commercial irrigation accounts may be eligible for a rebate on the costs of upgrading system components to more water efficient components. Maximum rebate amount depends on the size and number of water meters used by the irrigation system.

For more information, contact WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us or call 360-486-8707.

Water Saving Tips & Tricks!

Indoor Water Saving Tips

1

Check for leaks and repair them promptly.

2

Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving.

3

Wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.

4

Capture shower and faucet “warm-up” water. Use it to water plants or wash the floor or car.

5

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator or use ice to cool tap water. Running the tap until water cools wastes water!

6

Avoid using the garbage disposal. Most kitchen waste (except meat products) can be recycled into nutrient-rich compost for your outdoor plants and garden.

7

Install water saving fixtures such as low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. FREE water saving kits featuring these components are available for Lacey water and sewer customers. Bring your water bill to Lacey City Hall and pick up your kit at the Public Works Department. To check availability, call 360-486-8707.

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Replace older toilets with high efficiency models. Older toilets can be the biggest water users in the home. Are you eligible for a FREE toilet upgrade? Call or email Lacey Water Resources to find out! 360-486-8707 | WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us

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Buy a water and energy efficient washing machine. High efficiency (HE) models save 6,000-8,000 gallons of water a year, use less energy and detergent, and do a great job getting clothes clean! Lacey water and sewer customers are eligible for a $50 rebate when purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified model.

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

1

Check for leaks in sprinklers, hoses, pipes and couplings. Repair leaks promptly.

2

Think twice about fertilizing this spring. Fertilizers force plant growth and increase the amount of water a plant needs. During our cool springs, grass generally thrives on its own. If you must fertilize, use organic or slow-release fertilizers.

3

Make your soil water-efficient. Before you plant, add 3 to 6 inches of organic matter to your soil and rototill. This allows your soil to hold water and nutrients in reserve and reduces the need for fertilizing and constant watering.

4

Mulch around trees, shrubs and other plantings. Mulch helps prevent soil moisture loss, cutting down on watering needs. Adding compost or manure to soil before planting also helps retain soil moisture near plant roots, where it is needed.

5

Water your lawn deeply and infrequently. One inch of water a week is generally all your lawn needs. Place several cups or empty tuna cans around your lawn while watering to measure how long it takes to apply one inch of water to your lawn.

6

Aerate and de-thatch your lawn if water won’t penetrate the soil.

7

Cut it high and let it lie. You’ve heard this before, but longer grass has deeper roots, and deeper roots have better access to soil moisture (2″ to 3″ tall is ideal). Leaving grass clippings on the lawn provides a source of nutrients and helps retain soil moisture.

8

Accept grass’s natural tendency to brown in the summer. Most grass varieties in our region are “cool season” grasses. This means that they are bred to thrive in the cool season and go dormant during periods of hot weather (just like most leaf-bearing trees go dormant in the winter). Grass that is brown in the heat of the summer isn’t dead, its only sleeping! Watering your dormant lawn once a month is all it needs to rebound once the weather begins to cool off again.

9

Use a shut-off nozzle when using a hose to water outdoors or wash the car. Park the car on the lawn while you wash it and you will be watering your grass at the same time. Better yet use a Commercial Car Wash to clean vehicles.

10

Use a broom to sweep your driveway or sidewalk.

11

Water your lawn only before 10:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. Watering during the day means much of the water is lost to evaporation.

12

Adjust sprinklers to water only what grows. Watering sidewalks and driveways wastes water.

13

Invest in a rain sensor and irrigation timers for your sprinkler system. These will help ensure that you water only when your lawn needs it.

14

Consider replacing some turf with low-water-demand plants and incorporating native plants in your landscaping. Native plants and select perennial require less water than turf grass and many ornamental. Also, planting in the fall means your new plants can use the fall rains to become established, rather than requiring attention and water throughout the dry summer.

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Choose and place landscape plants with their watering needs in mind. Place water-demanding plants in shady or low-lying areas; drought-tolerant plants in drier areas. Group plants with similar watering needs rather than mixing water demanding and drought tolerant plants.

Department
Public Works

phone: (360) 491-5600

Hours
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