Changing your behavior around the house can save on monthly water bills, and help protect a precious resource.
- Install aerators on household faucets.
- Fill the bathtub half full while bathing.
- Shorten your shower and put in an aerator.
- Thaw food in the refrigerator rather than under running water.
- Check sinks, toilets and showerheads for household leaks.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
- Don’t throw unused water down the drain, use it for plants and trees.
Most water used in the Coachella Valley is outdoors. Make sure that you’re doing what you can in the yard to stop water waste.
- Consider replacing a portion of your grass with desert landscaping.
- Use drip irrigation on shrubs and trees to provide the appropriate amount of water without overdoing it.
- Change your irrigation controller with the seasons. Grass and plants don’t require as much water during the cooler months.
- Water your lawn in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.
- Check sprinkler heads to assure they are spraying properly.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalks.
- Set your lawn mower to a higher setting, longer grass keeps the soil moist.
- Weed your lawn and garden regularly.
- In your landscape, use plants, like succulents, that don’t require much water.
- Plan your landscape to minimize your water runoff. Reducing water run-off has the added benefit of limiting standing water sources where mosquitoes lay their eggs which can protect you and your family from the mosquito-borne disease West Nile virus. Visit www.cvmvcd.org for more info on vector control.
State Prohibition and Requirements
The following actions are currently prohibited by the State:
• Using water to wash sidewalks and driveways
• Causing water run-off with irrigation
• Using a hose without a shut-off nozzle to wash a car
• Using fountains or water features that do not recirculate
• Watering when it is raining and 48 hours after measurable rain