Help Save Water California
California, it’s time to adopt a new habit. One of our most important resources is in trouble, and we need to do everything we can to protect it today and into the future.
Our state is facing severe water challenges, and many communities and ecosystems are suffering as a result. Environmental problems, the pressures of a growing population and the effects of climate change are making it extremely difficult to keep water flowing reliably to our economy, our environment, our farms and our communities.
State and local water managers are working on long-term solutions, including investments in our water infrastructure. But in the meantime, California needs every drop of water it can get, which is why we all need to do more to conserve water. Doing everything we can to save water today will go a long way toward helping our water supply situation while we move ahead with the necessary long-term fixes.
The good news is that it’s not difficult to save water in our daily lives. Just as Californians have embraced compact-fluorescent light bulbs and recycling, we can adopt habits to reduce our water use inside and outside our homes on a daily basis.
As we have seen with energy conservation, small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference. So help save water California by following this simple list to conserve water before it’s too late:
- Don’t use running water to thaw food, put it in the refrigerator in the morning instead.
- Install aerators in the kitchen faucet and save up to 1 gall per minute.
- Cook food in as little water as possible.
- Soak pots and pans after cooking instead of cleaning using running water.
- Buy a newer high efficient dishwasher and only run it when it’s completely full.
- Install a high efficiency toilet, it can save up to 19 gallons per day per person.
- Test your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the top tank, see if it leaks down into the bowel.
- Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket, put tissues in the garbage can instead.
- When washing your hands turn the water off while scrubbing.
- Take 5-minute showers (or less) and turn off the water while washing your hair or shaving your legs.
- Taking a shower instead of a bath can save up to 70 gallons of water.
- Using the clothes washing machine only when you have a full load.
- Wash dark clothes in cold water it saves energy and preserves the colors.
- Water plants and grass early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
- Invest in a water broom which attaches to your hose but uses a combination of air and water pressure to aid cleaning. Water brooms can use as little as 2.8 gallons per minute (gpm) to remove dirt, food spills, leaves, and litter from concrete and asphalt while a standard hose typically uses 5 to 20 gallons per minute.
- Water grass deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle, rinse when scrubbing is complete instead of letting the hose run.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.
- Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.
- Keep restroom fixtures in good repair and fix leaks promptly.
- Request a free landscape audit from your local water supplier.
- Monitor your bill and water meter to determine unusually high use and possible leaks.
And finally, most of all, share this article with your friends! If we all join together it can make a huge difference and it will help save waster California!