Our great State of California is going through an historic drought that has been steadily growing worse for the past four years! Well now, Governor Jerry Brown has issued mandatory statewide orders requiring a steep 25% reduction in water consumption across the board for commercial and residential users. It is with this directive in mind that we have created this quick and easy list of ways to help conserve water around your home and even office.
Meter Your Home
Use your water meter as a gauge to check for leaks – It is not hard to find a hidden water leak in your home. Do it yourself by shutting off all water using devices in your home, then check your main water meter leading to the house. If your meter is still moving, you have got a leak that needs repairing.
Grab A Wrench
Fix those leaky faucets and other appliance fittings by getting out your favorite wrench and snugging down any bolts or packing nuts you need to get that dripping faucet to stop!
Brooms, Not Hoses
Use your best broom to clean off your homes’ patio space instead of a hose.
Time Your Showers
Long showers are now considered to be a luxury. As much as many of us love the feeling of a long, hot shower, these should be reserved for special occasions. Try to start timing your shower at a maximum of 5 minutes.
Leaky Toilet Flappers
One of the most common household leaks comes from your toilet flapper. A leaky seal on your toilet’s flapper can waste gallons of water a day. Replace your flapper as soon as you notice your toilet refilling itself when no one has used it.
Use Full Loads
Save gallons of water every month by only running your dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load.
Water At Night
Whatever watering your yard requires, set your sprinklers to do it at night. Most communities now have a ordinance in place requiring you to water your lawn before 8am and after 8pm to maximize absorption and reduce evaporation.
Harvest Rain Water
Use a potable water barrel to collect whatever rain water comes your way. Then use that water for whatever you need!
Install drip systems to water your plants instead of a hose or other common sprinkler systems to reduce water use.