Water Conservation

The Ipswich Water Department proudly partners with EPA's WaterSense Program and the Massachusetts Greenscapes Program to collaborate on tips, tricks, and resources for water conservation throughout the year. Check out the resources below, including current offers on water conservation tools!

Remember, every drop counts!

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Current Offers

Discount Rain Barrels

Corliss Brothers and Jack’s Rain Barrels are partnering with the Ipswich Utilities Department to offer discount rain barrels to Ipswich residents. Get yours while supplies last!

Discounted Rain Barrel Information

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

From EPA's WaterSense:

Did you know that residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation? The average U.S. household uses more water outdoors than for showering and washing clothes combined.

From Massachusetts Greenscapes:

Healthy Lawn Happy Summer!

Indoor Water Conservation Tips (from EPA Region 1)

For Every Room in the House With Plumbing:

  • Repair leaky faucets, indoors and out.
  • Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines).

In the Kitchen

  • When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
  • Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it's full.
  • When buying a dishwasher, select one with a "light-wash" option.
  • Only use the garbage disposal when necessary (composting is a great alternative).
  • Install faucet aerators.

In the Bathroom

  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.
  • Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking.
  • Install a toilet dam, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads.


  • Run full loads of laundry.
  • When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size.