Water Tips & Resources
Preserving Our Water Resources
California is still in a drought even though we had a wet 2016 Winter and 2017 Spring. Being smart to voluntarily reduce your water use by 20% with simple changes to your home and your water use practices, you can make significant reductions in your water use. Together, we can preserve the precious water reserves for our most important needs of food, beverage and fire prevention. Together, we can be safe and smart.
1. Create a Water Budget
Learn about out how much water your household uses, and create a plan to reduce your use by 20%. The California Department of Water Resources estimates that the basic minimum each of us needs for cooking, drinking, showering, and sanitation is 50 gallons per day. How much water are you using?
2. Install Low-Flow Aerators and Showerheads
Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute. Inexpensive and simple to install, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%. Do a search for Low-Flow Aerators and Showerheads
or visit EarthEasy.com for Low-Flow- Aerators and Showerheads.
3. Remove the Lawn
Try a drought resistant land cover in replacement of a lawn. You will use less water, and save money, and time trying to keep it all green throughout the year.Turn off your sprinklers and irrigation systems when not needed. Test your soil to see if your plants even need watering.
If you still want the lawn, turn off your sprinklers and irrigation systems when not needed, have your soil tested to see if your plants even need to be watered, and understand the plants you are growing with their watering and sunlight needs. Hiring a professional to design and install an irrigation system will water the plants the correct amount of water needed and at the right time of day which will save you from buying new plants that were abandoned, forgotten, or watered incorrectly due to you not having enough time. This is an awesome way to save water and money in the long run.
4. We Recycle Everything Else, Why Not Water?
Be smart by capturing and reusing water whenever possible. Does your water take a long time to heat in the shower? Capture that water and use it for watering your plants. Did not finish that cup of water? Let your indoor plants drink it. Save the water from rinsing off vegetables and fruit and hydrate your outdoor plants.
There are many opportunities to conserve, reduce, and reuse water in the home. Get in the habit of saving water and money.
5. Are you flushing money and valuable resources down the drain?
Is your water bill high? Install WaterSense® labeled products. Many are eligible for rebates. The average family of four can save thousands of gallons of water per year by getting involved and being proactive.
6. Put a little muscle in it.
Be smart and fit, use a rake and then broom instead of a hose to clean off patios, porches, and driveways or use a blower. Be smart and friendly, if you are in a neighborhood with families, there must be a teenager wanting to earn some extra cash, let them do the muscle. This not only saves water but it builds relationships in neighborhoods and communities — something that is missing in today’s fast paced, self-absorbed, world. We are all in this together, let’s help each other along the way.
7. Become a leak detective.
Become smarter about your plumbing in your home or apartment. You may be using water that you do not know about. Check for leaks in your toilet, hose bibs, showers, and faucets. A small drip every 30 seconds can be gallons over a month, plus the damage the water can do to your home and property if the water travels outside of its expected runoff.
8. Brushing and Washing
Be smart by reducing your water use when brushing your teeth by turning off the water when not using it. Having water running while brushing adds to the waste down the drain. You cannot get it back.
When washing dishes, if not using a dishwasher, the best way is to have the washed dishes sit in the other side of the sink and rinsing them off in groups instead of one at a time.