Be wise at home and in your yard
Maintaining adequate water supplies requires the cooperation of every citizen. Our homes and yards are filled with helpful tools and simple reminders in regard to water use. Small changes in lifestyle can contribute to huge water savings.
- Monitor Your Water Use
- Check toilets for leaks. If you have a leak, you may be wasting up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- Replace your old toilet with a low-consumption toilet (click here for more info and to see if you're eligible for a $75 rebate).
- Don't use your toilet as a wastebasket or ashtray. Toilets use anywhere from 1.3 to 3.5 gallons of water per flush.
- Check pipes and faucets for leaks. A small drip can waste 50 gallons a day!
- Take five-minute showers.
- Install water-saving showerheads. A quality water-saving showerhead provides a luxurious shower, yet uses no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Ask your hardware retailer for advice.
- Make your own rain barrel and reuse the collected rain water to water your plants, wash your car, your pets, and more!
The Department of Public Utilities takes great strides to ensure your water is safe every time you turn on your faucet or take a sip from a public water fountain. In fact, our water is of a higher quality than that required by all state and federal health and safety standards for drinking water.
Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control
The City of Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities (DPU) administers a program of surveying, inspection, and tracking the testing of all backflow prevention devices and assemblies within the DPU water distribution systems according to the City Ordinance
and the Department's Policy
. The purpose of this program is to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of Virginia Beach by ensuring that the City's drinking water supply is protected from a backflow event