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.
Drought and Water-Use Regulations
In response to historic drought conditions in California, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has implemented emergency drought regulations targeting a reduction in statewide water use.
To help the communities we serve achieve the mandatory reduction percentages outlined by the State Water Board, Golden State Water has filed Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing plans for each of its water systems.
Golden State Water is asking customers to review all local and state regulations to ensure they are in compliance and are making informed decisions regarding water use.
We would like to thank our customers who have already adjusted their water usage to comply with the state’s conservation efforts. We always encourage water-use efficiency and offer resources, tools and information to help customers manage their water use responsibly and protect nature’s most precious resource during this historic drought.
For a complete list of water-use regulations and water-use efficiency resources available in your area or to report water waste in your community, please click here to visit our Drought Page.
Using Water Efficiently During a Dry Year
California is in a drought emergency, and water resources are limited throughout the state. Golden State Water is providing the below tips to help customers improve your water-use efficiency without sacrificing 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.