Water Conservation

Water in Crater Lake viewed from a boat.

Crater Lake National Park’s watershed is currently under water restrictions (May 2017). Please help us conserve water!

When you visit the park:

  • Fill a water bottle before you come. Buy a reusable water bottle. Reusable bottles save resources, but consider filling your bottle before you come. Every drop counts!
  • Use a vault toilet. Vault toilets don't require water and are located at the south and west entrances to the park.
  • Stop leaks. If you see a leaky faucet/water line in the park, please let park staff know.
  • Don’t flush trash. Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other trash you waste water—between 1.5 gallons with a low-flow toilet to up to 7 gallons with an older model.

If you’re staying overnight:

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Saves 3 gallons of water per day.
  • Take shorter showers and avoid baths. Even a one- or two-minute reduction in showers can save up to 700 gallons of water per month. A full bath can use between 30 to 50 gallons.

Be water wise at home:

  • Wash full loads of laundry. Most top-loading washing machines use 40 gallons of water per load. Energy efficient front-loading machines use just over 20 gallons of water per load. A full load of laundry means you are getting the most out of every drop of water.
  • Drive a dirty car. If you must wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles water.
  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Instead of running the tap to cool the water, keep a supply of cold water in the refrigerator. This can save 200–300 gallons a month.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. This can save 150 gallons or more each time.
More water conservation tips!

Last updated: May 12, 2017

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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