Easy Ways to Save Water Brochure

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1 Easy Ways to Save Water Little leaks can add up to a lot of wasted Faucet Leaks water. A small drip can waste 70 gallons Aside from toilet leaks, faucets are the most of water in a day, while a steady leak just common source of leaks. Worn washers are one-sixteenth of an inch in size can send usually the culprit. To see if you have a leak: more than 1,000 gallons a day down the Listen for running water when plumbing 1 drain. Fix leaky faucets and toilets right away. fixtures are closed and water-using appliances are off. Pipe Leaks To detect unseen leaks: Check your taps a couple of times 2 1 Read your water meter. a year to make sure all faucets are 2 Turn off all water-using appliances working properly. and faucets and wait an hour. Read the meter again. If the meter has 3 moved, you probably have a leak. Toilet Leaks To see if you have a leak: Put food coloring in your toilet tank 1 and wait for 20 minutes. If color seeps into the toilet bowl, 2 you have a leak. Many toilet leaks can be fixed with simple tools and a do-it-yourself manual. Sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources

2 INDOORS “I’m doing what I can to save California’s water. You can help, too.” Water is essential to each of us every day. But it’s a limited resource, so we all need to rethink the way we use water on a daily basis. By following these water-saving tips inside your home, you can help save water every day, whether or not California is in a drought: LAUNDRY ROOM BATHROOM Use the washing machine for full loads Install low-flow shower heads. Save: 2.5 gallons/minute only to save water and energy. X Install a water-efficient clothes washer. Take five minute showers instead of . Save: 16 gallons/load X 10 minute showers. ( Find out about rebates at Save: Reducing five minutes X O.org ) www.saveourH 2 will save 2.5 gallons with a low flow showerhead, 25 gallons KITCHEN with a standard 5 gallon per Run the dishwasher only when full minute showerhead . to save water and energy. Install a Fill the bathtub halfway or less. water-and energy-efficient dishwasher. Save: 3 to 8 gallons/load . Save: 12 gallons X X ( Find out about rebates at Install a high-efficiency toilet. www.saveourH O.org ) 2 Save: 19 gallons per person/day X Install aerators on the kitchen faucet ( Find out about rebates at www.saveourH O.org ) 2 to reduce flows to less than one gallon Install aerators on bathroom faucets. per minute. Save: 1.2 gallons per person/day X Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving. Save: approximately 8 gallons/day X Don’t use the toilet as wastebasket. Save: 1.6 to 5 gallons/flush X

3 OUTDOORS “I’m replacing part of my lawn with water-wise plants.” Save 40 gallons a day LANDSCAPE CLEANUP Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week. Use a broom to clean driveways, Water your lawn only when it needs it. Water early in sidewalks and patios, not your hose. the morning or later in the evening when temperatures Save: 8 to 18 gallons/minute X are cooler. Wash cars or boats with a bucket, sponge, Save: 25 gallons/each time you water X and a hose with self-closing nozzle. Save: 8 to 18 gallons/minute Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust X sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the ACTIVITIES house, sidewalk, or street. Teach children that the hose and Save: 12 to 15 gallons/each time X sprinkler are not toys. you water Install a pool/spa cover to reduce Choose a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip evaporation and filter backwash. irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Save: 30 gallons/day Save: 15 gallons/each time you water X X Test pool and spa water frequently Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce and maintain appropriate chemical evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also balances to avoid the need to drain it improves the soil and prevents weeds. except for structural repairs. Check your Save: 20 to 30 gallons/each time you X pool and pool plumbing for leaks. water/1,000 sq. ft. Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Save: 30 to 60 gallons/each time X you water per 1,000 sq. ft. Information about evapotranspiration (ET) and weather based irrigation controllers is available at: www.cuwcc.org and wwwcimis.water.ca.gov

4 Save Water Every Day California is facing severe water challenges. Water supplies for many cities, farms and businesses are being significantly reduced due to dry conditions, restrictions to protect fish species, and growing pressure on the state’s water storage and delivery system. Climate change is compounding the problem. With water shortages a reality in many parts of the state, your efforts to save water can make a difference. Rethinking the way you use water – both indoors and outdoors – will help stretch our limited supplies and ensure water is there when we need it. “When I brush my teeth, I turn the water off.” Save 8 gallons a day Contact your local water agency or visit www.saveourH O.org for tips 2 on saving water and rebates on water-efficient appliances in your area. The Save Our Water program is jointly sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources.

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