Water Conservation Tips
Angelinos use an average of 125 gallons of water per day, and considering that Southern California is having the worst drought in recorded history, that average is too high.
Conserving water is easy than you think, so here are a few tips on how to save water in your daily life.
- Take a 5 minute shower instead of a 10 minute shower. This will save 25 gallons of water with a normal showerhead and 12.5 gallons of water with a low flow showerhead. Purchase a low-flow showerhead here.
- Turn the water off when brushing your teeth or saving.
- Test your toilet and faucets for leaks at least once a year. This could save up to 100 gallons of water per leak.
- While you are waiting for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the cool shower water in a bucket. You can use it later to water plants!
- If you have a dishwasher, run it only when you have a full load. (Saves 30 gallons of water a week)
- Rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or a pan filled with water instead of under running water.
- When doing laundry, never wash less than a full load. Also, washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color!
- Never use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Flush the toilet only when necessary.
- Get rid of your lawn. Drought-resistant trees and plants save 30-60 gallons each time you water 1,00 sq. ft. Here are some great real life examples of home owners that made the switch from lawns to water-efficient landscaping! There are some great cash rebate programs for residents that do the switch, too.
- If you decide to keep your lawn, remember to only water before 9AM and after 4PM when temperatures are cooler. Visit LADWP’s website for watering restrictions.
- Save over 35,000 gallons of water a year by installing a more water efficient sprinkling system.
- If you have a pool, use a cover to cut down on evaporation. This will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals.
- Take your car to a car wash that recycles its wash water.
- Never hose down your patio or balcony- use a broom or blower (Saves 100 gallons a week)