California is experiencing historical drought conditions. We all need to reduce our daily water use – now – by 15 percent, from roughly 100 gallons to 85 gallons. Saving water can be easier than you think. Below are the six top ways to be water-wise.
Outdoor Tips (Outdoors accounts for 70% of residential water use)
- Water only in the early morning or evening, when it’s cooler. For a link to our handy watering guide, visit our Drought Irrigation Guide.
- Consider converting turf/grass to desert-friendly landscaping. To find out what rebates are available in your area, visit our Rebates Page.
- Check your sprinkler heads for leaks, or switch to high efficiency sprinkler heads. Drip irrigation for shrubs and trees are recommended.
- Up to 30% of water use indoors is from flushing the toilet. Older toilets can use as much as 6 gallons per flush; new ones use 1.6 gallons or less. For rebates offered by your water agency, visit our Rebates Page.
- Household leaks can waste as much as 180 gallons of water per week. Fix leaks – and save water and money. For more water-saving tips, visit our Conservation Tips Page.
- The average shower can use as much as 17.2 gallons of water. Take shorter showers, and turn off the water when shaving – and save water and money. For more water-savings tips, visit our Conservation Tips Page.
There are many things that each of us can do every day that can really add up. Find out more by visiting our Home Page and help save our most precious resource.