12 Days of Water Conservation

Day 1: Replace high-maintenance traditional landscapes with California native plants.

Day 2: Cut down your shower time to five minutes, invest in a shower timer or create a five-minute holiday music playlist.

Day 3: Place a bucket in the shower or sink to capture water while you’re waiting for it to heat up.

Day 4: Invest in water-efficient products around the house such as shower heads, toilets and taps.

Day 5: During the cold months, insulate exposed water pipes to prevent freezing, possible bursts and costly damage.

Day 6: Adjust your sprinkler schedule – as the weather cools, lawns and plants don’t need as much water. When it’s raining, they shouldn’t be watered at all.

Day 7: Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Running the water can waste more than two gallons per minute!

Day 8: With family in town, there’s likely to be lots of dirty dishes and laundry. Always make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are full before starting a load.

Day 9: If every American household reduced its water use by 10 gallons on the holiday, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water.

Day 10: Consider a hot water recirculating system to get warm water to the shower or faucet quicker. Not only does this save water, but it also saves time, money and the environment.

Day 11: If your water pipes burst in the winter, make sure you’re prepared and know where the shut-off valve is.

Day 12: Don’t know what gifts to ask for this year? How about a weather-based smart irrigation controller and water-efficient sprinkler heads.

Happy Holidays from Golden State Water.