Laundry to Landscape

Sophia Chin shared this information with us.

“There is a method available for connecting the used water from our washing machines to our gardens. A $20 explanatory DVD (Laundry to Landscape) is available from Some information is also available at If enough of our residents are interested in this, perhaps we could share the cost of hiring a know-how person to do the installations.”

After reviewing the material, it doesn’t look like this would work for our unit since the washer is upstairs, overlooking the parking lot.

Please contact Sophia if you are interested in collaborating on this project.

Reduce Landscape Watering Costs

Riverhouse HOA members, our 2015 budget for water is $40,000! Conservation Committee members are researching ways that we might reduce our landscape watering costs. If you see a sprinkler in your area that appears to be over-watering, please leave a comment below or contact someone on the Landscape Committee or the Conservation Committee.

Get the Weekly Watering Number for FREE at

Portland Weekly Watering Number
The Weekly Watering Number is the amount of water (in inches) that our lawns will need each week.
FYI – Vegetables only need 75% of the Weekly Watering Number and Shrubs and Perennials only use 50% of the Weekly Watering Number!

Toilet Rebate

Portland Water Bureau currently offers a $50 rebate for replacing your old toilet with a WaterSense labeled toilet.

To learn more you can download
the Residential Toilet Rebate Form
and the Portland Water Bureau Fact Sheet

Funding is limited! Act Now!

The Portland Water Bureau also offers free Water Conservation kits that include a showerhead, shower timer, bathroom faucet aerator, kitchen faucet aerator, toilet fill cycle diverter, and toilet leak detection tablets.   The article here:
describes in more detail what is in each kit.
To request devices:
call 503-823-4527 or email


Toilet Rebate Information


Water–Efficient Toilets

Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.

Flush Facts

Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only water–saving toilets that complete the certification process can earn the WaterSense label.

WaterSense Savings

By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! They could also save more than $110 per year in water costs, and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilets. Nationally, if all old, inefficient toilets in the United States were replaced with WaterSense labeled models, we could save 520 billion gallons of water per year, or the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days.

Look for the WaterSense Label!

Whether remodeling a bathroom or simply replacing an old, leaky toilet that is wasting money and water, installing a WaterSense labeled toilet is a high-performance, water-efficient option worth considering. WaterSense labeled toilets are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles.


Please contact for more information