James City Service Authority
119 Tewning Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188
"Let's be Water Smart" is a public/private water management initiative of the JCSA. The goal of Let's be Water Smart is to promote responsible water usage in James City County, Virginia. For more information or to become a Water Smart partner, contact JCSA at 119 Tewning Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188-2639
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tips for Indoor Conservation
In the bathroom
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave.
- Repair leaky toilets. To find out if you have a leak, put a little food coloring in the toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color appears in the bowl you have a leak.
- Repair leaky faucets and pipes. The smallest drip from a worn washer can waste twenty or more gallons per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
- If you have an old toilet, replace it with a 1.6 gallon ultra low flush toilet. Old toilets use 5 gallons per flush.
- Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install water saving showerheads and faucets. Your local hardware store stocks inexpensive, easy to install fixtures.
- Take baths. A bath in a partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
In the kitchen and laundry
- Use your washing machine and dishwasher only for full loads.
- Repair leaky faucets and pipes.
- If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running.
- Use the garbage disposal less often.
- Don’t let the faucet run when you clean vegetables.
- Keep a container of cold water in the refridgerator or use ice, rather than running the tap until the water is cold.
- Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator rather than under running water.
Other ways to be Water Smart
- At restaurants, only ask for water if you want it.
- At work, use a glass rather than drinking from the fountain.