Golden State Water Company is deeply committed to protecting our water supply to ensure the long-term availability of high quality affordable drinking water. Golden State Water and over 100 other water agencies and environmental groups are members of the California Urban Water Conservation Council – an organization dedicated to promoting best practices in water-use efficiency.
Water-use efficiency is a team effort and we would like to thank you for your actions taken over the years.
State Water Resource Control Board Issues New Regulations Surrounding Outdoor Water Use
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) recently approved new regulations targeting reductions in outdoor urban water use. Golden State Water is working with the State Water Board and the California Public Utilities Commission, the state agency that regulates investor-owned utilities, to determine the process for implementation for these new regulations.
Golden State Water hopes to curb customer usage through education efforts and will continue its work to proactively share water-use efficiency resources and tips with the community.
Additionally, Golden State Water is asking all customers to adhere to the State Water Board’s new outdoor watering regulations to help protect nature’s most precious resource during this historic drought.
To view the State Water Resources Control Board regulations, click here.
Using Water Efficiently During a Dry Year
The state just experienced one of the driest Decembers on record, and weather forecasts signal the third straight dry winter for California. The first snow survey of the year indicated a similar forecast for the months ahead. Currently, there are no water restrictions in place for Golden State Water Company customers. This situation could change, however, depending on continued dry weather conditions.
Given water resources are limited throughout the state, we are providing helpful tips for responsible water-use habits without having to sacrifice your quality of life.
Understand your water use:
- Compare water use during winter months with summer months – One way to identify your household’s conservation potential is to compare your water use during winter months (November-February) with the amount you use in the summer (June-September). The difference between the two volumes is a good indication of the amount of water you could conserve.
- Water use in winter months is generally representative of the amount necessary to operate your household – The easiest place to cut down on water use is outdoors, so understanding the indoor-to-outdoor usage ratio allows for greater control.
In the Home:
- Use the shortest cycle. Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Fill up a pitcher. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for a cold glass of water.
- Repair leaks. Check faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks.
In the Garden:
- Go native. Plant trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers that are native to the climate and require less water.
- Get smart: Install a smart irrigation controller, which does the work for you. It automatically controls irrigation based on local weather conditions.
Outside the Home:
- Use a bucket or broom. Use a bucket of water to wash your car instead of running the hose. Also use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.
 Source: Department of Water Resources, State of California, “Winter’s First Snow Survey Set for January 3,” http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/123013b.pdf
 Tips Source: California Urban Water Conservation Council, http://www.cuwcc.org/