Water Saving Tips
It's hard to imagine how a few drops saved here, and a full load washed there can help our water supply situation. But it does. Water use inside and outside our homes is important. Here’s where you can save:
Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes and save up to 50 gallons per week
Fix household leaks promptly and save up to 20 gallons per day
Spend only 5 minutes in the shower and save up to 8 gallons each time
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 2.5 gallons per minute
Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers and save many gallons per day
Water your lawn 1 to 2 days a week and save up to 840 gallons per week
Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and repair promptly and save up to 500 gallons per month
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks and save up to 150 gallons each time
Install a smart sprinkler controller that adjusts for weather, soil type, and plant type and save up to 40 gallons per day
Water your plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and save up to 25 gallons each time
Talk to your family and friends about saving water. If everyone does a little, we all benefit a lot.
Mulch! Save hundreds of gallons a year by using organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation. Click here for mulching tips. Click here for L.A. County’s free mulch program.
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