10 Everyday Habits for Water Conservation 

A gardener mulches the plants to help reduce watering in his garden.
Photo Credit: CA Department of Water Resources

By Ashley Williams

Save Our Water

It’s understandable that Californians are seeing the recent wet weather and are wondering what that means for California’s water supply. You may be asking, when it rains, do I need to keep conserving water? What difference do my actions make? The truth is, conservation needs to be a way of life for all Californians to ensure we have enough water for our daily activities now and in the future. Here are 10 everyday habits you can build into your lifestyle that will conserve water:

Indoor

1. Fix Leaks: Leaky faucets and toilets can waste hundreds of gallons of water each month. Check for leaks and make sure to repair any that you find.

2. Install Low-Flow Fixtures: Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce water use by up to 50 percent.

3. Wash Full Loads of Clothes and Dishes: Running the washing machine only when full saves 15–45 gallons per load! Running the dishwasher only when full saves 5–15 gallons per load compared to washing dishes by hand!

4. Change your shower routine: Half of all water use inside the home takes place in the bathroom! Put a bucket inside the shower while your water warms up and use it in your garden. Shortening your showers to 5 minutes can also save water. Actions like these can reduce your water use by over 10 gallons of water each shower. 

5. Reuse Water: Reuse the water from washing dishes, cleaning your produce, or boiling noodles. Instead of letting the water run while washing veggies and fruits, just fill a bowl, dunk them in and wipe them dry.

Outdoor

1. Plant Native Plants: Native plants require about half as much water and are better adapted to California’s climate. Plus, a water-wise California native garden can reduce maintenance once established, eliminating the need for mowing and fertilizing.

2. Transform Your Yard: Transforming your yard into a functional, drought-tolerant outdoor space goes a long way. Use mulch and save at least 30 gallons of water each time you water.

3. Avoid using water to clean: Using a broom to clean outdoor areas is the best way to tidy and reduce your water use.

4. Water during cooler times of day. When you avoid watering during peak heat, you ensure that the water goes to your plants and is not lost to evaporation.

5. Keep your soil healthy. When you maintain  healthy soil, you allow it to act as a sponge, and absorb more water efficiently.

By following these tips, Californians can help make a difference in our water supply and Save Our Water for generations to come. 

For tips on how to save water, visit saveourwater.com

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