Only you know how water efficient you really are. Whatever your ability or household budget is, there’s a WaterSmart tip for you.
Quick and easy water saver
Take these steps to save water immediately.
- Only run full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Turn on the tap only when you need to rinse. Don’t let the water run unnecessarily when you brush your teeth, lather up, shave or wash dishes.
- Take a shorter shower.
- Adjust your watering schedule. Turn off irrigation in the winter and only water manually if absolutely necessary. During the growing season, irrigate early or late in the day (before 10 am or after 7 pm).
- Take your car to a commercial car wash that recycles their wash water. If you do wash your car at home, use a bucket and sponge, not a hose.
- Cover your pool to reduce evaporation.
Water conservation geek
A little effort can yield big water savings.
- Use dye tabs to find toilet leaks. Leaks are usually caused by worn out flapper valves, easily replaced with a trip to the hardware store.
- Replace worn out washers in faucets to stop drips and leaks.
- Install aerators on your bathroom and kitchen faucets.
- Mulch! Three inches of mulch maintains soil moisture and reduces evaporation.
- Examine your sprinklers and adjust them so they water your plants, not your walls or sidewalk.
- Check your outdoor irrigation equipment for leaks. Run through all of your stations to look for broken or misadjusted heads.
Make serious changes and be water efficient for years.
- Install a high-efficiency toilet.
- Install a high-efficiency clotheswasher.
- Learn to read your meter and check for silent leaks.
- Convert your thirsty lawn to a sustainable landscape.
- Install a self-adjusting irrigation controller and a drip irrigation system.
- Select drought-tolerant plants better adapted to our California climate.