May is Water Awareness Month in California – a time dedicated to promoting water awareness throughout the state. This past wet winter has helped improve water supply conditions for much of the state, and the April 2019 snowpack survey measured more than 150 percent of normal. Despite the great outlook, the Department of Water Resources warns the state’s long-term water supply cannot rely on annual snowpack alone. Residents still must continue to conserve.
Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) would like to remind everyone to be “water-aware” every day. We are providing simple ways you can conserve inside and outside your home as the hot, dry summer months arrive:
- Take care of your pool – Maintain proper chemical levels and adequate circulation time. You’ll have safer, cleaner water and avoid the need to drain the pool as often.
- If you have a pool, keep a cover on it when not in use to help reduce water evaporation. A pool cover can save up to 90-95% of water lost to evaporation.
- Check for leaking pipes, valves and joiners.
- Don’t overfill the pool.
- Upgrade your irrigation system with a smart controller. A weather-based irrigation controller can improve watering efficiency by up to 40%.
- Eliminate leaks. According to the EPA, a single 1/32” diameter leak on a hose, emitter or outdoor faucet can waste more than 6,000 gallons of water in a year!
- Water your lawn at night or in the morning to keep evaporation at a minimum.
- Aerate your lawn to absorb water better.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
- Install high efficiency faucet aerators.
- Only use your garbage disposal when necessary (composting is a great alternative).
- Take short showers instead of baths. If you need help keeping track of time, play your favorite song. When it’s over, it’s time to dry off.
- Fix leaks, especially leaky faucets and toilets.
- If you need new appliances, remember to buy a WaterSense® labeled models, which are water-efficient.
Lastly, did you know you can save water by conserving energy? By far the largest use of water in power generation is for condenser cooling. Thermal power plants require a large amount of cooling water to condense the steam turbine exhaust steam. Conserve power and you’ll conserve water, too!
For more water conservation tips, visit the Conservation Tips & Resources tab at www.gswater.com