Your Challenge: Try to Save 38 Gallons of Water Per Day
TAKE 5 MINUTE SHOWERS: Educate all family members to do so.
saves 5-10 gallons a day per person.
PURCHASE A LOW-FLOW SHOWER-HEAD: Uses 2-2 1/2 gallons of water per minute.
saves 15 gallons per shower.
TURN OFF THE FAUCET WHILE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH OR SHAVING:
saves 5-10 gallons per day.
FIX ALL FAUCET LEAKS:
saves 15-20 gallons per day.
CHECK YOUR TOILET FOR LEAKS: Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank, wait thirty minutes. If the food coloring seeps into the bowl you have a leak.
saves 30 to 500 gallons per day.
WASH ONLY FULL LOADS IN THE WASHING MACHINE: Reduce your laundry load by one load per week.
saves 30 gallons per load.
WASH ONLY FULL LOADS IN THE DISH WASHER: Reduce your dishwasher load by one load per week.
saves 15 gallons per wash
CAPTURE THE TAP WATER: While you wait for the water to get hot in the shower or sink, catch the flow in a bucket or bowl. Use this water on your house plants or in your garden.
saves 200-300 gallons each month.
AVOID TAKING BATHS: If you must, fill your bathtub only halfway: a full bath tub uses 36 gallons of water.
saves 18 gallons per person.
RUN THE DISHWASHER INSTEAD OF WASHING BY HAND: It uses less hot water.
saves 15 gallons per load.
CONSIDER BUYING "LOW FLUSH" TOILETS: It uses 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons.
saves 3 gallons per flush.
REPLACE FIXTURES: If the fixtures in your home were installed before 1992, there’s a good chance you could save water by replacing them.
Outdoors & Landscaping
CHECK YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM: Repair leaks, replace damaged sprinkler heads, and adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray.
saves 500 gallons per month.
DON'T HOSE DOWN DRIVEWAYS, PATIOS STAIRS OR WALKWAYS: Use a broom or blower instead.
saves 150 gallons each time.
DON'T LEAVE THE HOSE RUNNING WHILE WASHING YOUR CAR. Use a nozzle with an automatic shut off and a sponge and pail of soapy water.
saves 10 gallons per minute.
PUT A LAYER OF MULCH AROUND TREES AND PLANTS: 2-3 inches of mulch will help hold the moisture in the ground and cool the root systems reducing the amount of water needed for survival. Leave a six inch space between mulch and plant.saves 750 gallons per month.
SET YOUR LAWN MOWER BLADES HIGHER: Set blade heights at 2 or t inches. Longer grass blades will reduce evaporation and shade the roots.
saves 500 gallons of water per month
STEP ON YOUR GRASS AND SEE IF IT SPRINGS BACK WHEN YOU LIFT YOUR FOOT: If the grass springs back, no need to water today. If it lays down, time to water.
saves 750-1500 gallons per month
USE A POOL COVER FOR YOUR SWIMMING POOL: This can reduce evaporation.
saves 30 gallons of water per day.
INSTALL A DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM: A low-volume water irrigation system uses less water.
saves over 250 gallons a month
WATER YOUR LANDSCAPES ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, AND SATURDAYS: Water for ten minutes at each watering station.
WATER BEFORE 9:00 A.M. AND AFTER 6:00 P.M. Water for ten minutes at each watering station.
IF RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST: Turn off sprinklers two days before the rain and keep them turned off two days after.
IN THE WINTER: Water your landscapes only one day a week.
Using low-water-use and native plants in your garden is one of the best ways to reduce water use in your landscape. Check out www.bewaterwise.com for more tips and tricks for conserving water.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where am I using the most water?
The vast majority of your water usage is outdoors for landscaping. For maximum results, we highly recommend you look at ways to cut your usage of water outdoors. We are currently in Phase II of Mandatory Water Conservation, watering is limited to three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for no more than 10 minutes at each watering station.
- What do I do if my water usage shown on my GWP bill is higher than before? Do I have a water leak?
It is not unusual for water consumption to vary from one bill to the next. Water usage could increase for various reasons including landscape irrigation during hot or dry weather, filling a swimming pool, increased laundry (a new baby or guest), or the addition of a new water-using appliance. The following are steps you can take to check for a leak:
- Make a visual inspection of the house and grounds.
- Listen for running water
- Ensure that your are not using water in the house or for landscaping, but do not shut off the water supply valve to the house, and observe your water meter over a one hour period to see if it indicates water usage. If you determine that you have a water leak, consider contacting a qualified repair person such as a licensed plumber.
- Click onto the WaterSmart Portal to see your daily water usage and see if you have a leak.
- I think my toilet is leaking. How can I check to see if I have a leak and how can I stop the leak?
A leaking toilet can waste more than 20 gallons of water per day. To check for leaks, put a little food coloring in the tank (back, covered part). Don't flush the toilet yet! If, after a few minutes, you can see the color in the bowl without flushing, your toilet needs repairing. You will probably have to replace some of the parts in the tank of your toilet. If you are not "handy around the house," call a plumber. You will find that your water bill is much higher if you do not repair the leak.
- What should I know about my water system in case of an emergency?
Make sure you know how to turn off the valve that controls the water coming into your home. It is found where the water enters the house from the GWP system. The main water shut-off is found with the water meter in a concrete box near the curb or sidewalk. Unless you are familiar with plumbing repairs, it is best to let a qualified plumber or a GWP water repairman turn off the valve at the meter. Many times these controls are jammed and you will be charged for any damage you may cause to this equipment. To report water related emergencies on the street and with your water meter call (818) 548-2011.
- What are some safety tips regarding water in my home?
Common sense is your best friend to avoid water-related emergencies and accidents. Keep electric appliances far away from water sources. Protect young children and pets from water by making sure pools and spas are securely covered and fenced. Never leave any child alone at poolside. Small children can drown in two inches of water. Use protective latches on toilets and never leave children unattended in the bathtub.