Conservation

Conservation

Overview

Water is our most precious resource, and we must use it wisely to protect its availability for today and future generations.

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.

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.

Additional Resources

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Water Conservation School

Water Conservation School

Golden State Water customers have made a significant impact during the drought, heeding the state’s directive to reduce water-use compared to 2020. As drought conditions persist, Golden State Water encourages customers to use water efficiently and remain diligent with conservation efforts.

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