California is in a severe drought, and all communities throughout the state have tasked with reducing water usage to protect the state’s depleted supplies.

Golden State Water is sharing the following tips to help customers improve their water-use efficiency, both outside and inside their properties. Please review these tips and make adjustments to ensure we are all using water responsibly during this critical period.

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Outdoor Water-Use Efficiency Tips

Lawns

  • Limit lawn irrigation to 3 days per week. *
  • Water lawns before 8 am or after 7 pm, when temperatures are cooler. *
  • Water for 2-3 minutes, wait 45 minutes, then water again for 2-3 minutes. This schedule will help prevent runoff and water lost through the soil.
  • Turn off lawn irrigation systems during rainy periods, and avoid watering during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • Avoid watering your lawn on windy days to limit overspray and evaporation.
  • Survey your lawn irrigation system and fix any sprinklers, valves and lines that may be damaged or leaking water.
  • Check to make sure sprinklers are positioned to irrigate your lawn and not your sidewalk, driveway or gutters.
  • Install a weather-based smart irrigation controller and water-efficient sprinkler heads (rebates available).
  • While hand watering your lawn, focus on dry spots and pay close attention to avoid runoff.

Gardens & Trees

  • Water gardens before 8 am or after 7 pm, when temperatures are cooler.
  • Turn off garden irrigation systems during rainy periods, and avoid watering during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • Install a drip irrigation system for your garden, shrubs and trees.
  • Deep water trees no more than twice a month in the summer and less in the winter.
  • Add mulch around trees and plants to limit evaporation and regulate soil temperature.
  • Landscape your garden with California-friendly and low water-use plants.
  • Survey your garden irrigation system and fix any sprinklers, valves and lines that may be damaged or leaking water.
  • Install a weather-based smart irrigation controller and water-efficient sprinkler heads (rebates available).

General Outdoor Water Use

  • When washing cars, use a bucket of water with a quick hose rinse at the end and make sure your hose has a shutoff nozzle. When possible, take your car to a car wash that recycles its water.
  • Avoid using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks. Use a broom instead.
  • Turn off and drain your decorative water fountain or feature during the drought.
  • Use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation and keep your pool clean.
  • Check and fix any leaks on your outdoor hose bibs. Use a shutoff nozzle whenever using a hose.

* Select your community from the dropdown menu for local water restrictions, as well as days and times when outdoor irrigation is permitted.


Indoor Water-Use Efficiency Tips

Bathrooms

  • Survey your bathroom plumbing and fix any faucets or plumbing fixtures that may be leaking.
  • Fix leaky toilets. Put 3 or 4 drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 15 minutes, any color that appears in the bowl without flushing indicates a leak.
  • Install high-efficiency shower heads and faucet aerators (available for free from Golden State Water).
  • Choose a short shower over a bath. A bath can use up to 70 gallons of water.
  • Capture the cool water in your shower and faucets while waiting for hot water. Use the water on your plants.
  • Keep showers to 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth

Kitchens

  • Survey your kitchen plumbing and fix any faucets or plumbing fixtures that may be leaking.
  • Wait to run full loads of laundry and dishes.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink instead of letting the water run.
  • Scrape dishes into the garbage instead of running your garbage disposal.
  • Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator to beat the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits in a pan of water instead of under running water. Use the rinse water on your plants.
  • Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
  • Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

Click here to visit our Drought Page for information about the drought, water restrictions and water-use efficiency.

Or, select your community from the dropdown menu below to learn about water-use efficiency rebates and programs available in your area.

 

Additional Resources

Golden Rules For Water Conservation (videos)

How To Read Your Water Meter

Save Our Water

Interactive Map To Improve Water-Use Efficiency At Your Property

Regional Water Authority – Northern California

EPA’s Water Sense® Program

Be Water Wise Program – The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

American Water Works Association

 

Visit GSWC’s Model Demonstration Garden in San Dimas

Customers who want to learn more about green living practices and water-efficient landscape design can take a free tour of Golden State Water’s demonstration garden at its San Dimas headquarters. The tours are held the third Saturday of each month and require an RSVP by calling 1-800-999-4033. Free drip irrigation kits and conservation literature are provided.