Outdoor & Indoor Water Savings Tips

Regional Water Efficiency Program

Outdoor Tips 

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.
(Save 5 gallons per minute) 

Use an automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose.
(Save 5 gallons per minute) 

Install a water-efficient drip irrigation system for your trees, shrubs and flowers.
(Save 15 gallons each time you water -- for about 500 square feet landscape area) 

Add two to three inches of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
(Save 30 gallons each time you water per 1,000 square feet) 

Quickly repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads.
(Save 20 gallons per day per leak) 

Water your yard early in the morning or later at night.
(Save 50 gallons each time you water) 

Plant low-water use trees and plants.
(Save 9 gallons per day, per 1,000 square feet) 

Adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray and runoff.
(Save more than 40 gallons every time you water, and also stop fertilizers and pesticides from washing into the storm drain, which leads directly to our creeks, streams and rivers) 

Reduce each irrigation cycle by two minutes (five stations, watering three times weekly) or eliminate one cycle per week.(Save 80 gallons per day) 

Install a Water-Sense labeled, “Smart” irrigation controller that adjusts watering based upon weather, soil type, sun exposure and plant type.
(Save 100 to 150 gallons per day)  

Indoor Tips

Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
(1.6 gallons per flush for ultra low flush toilets) 

Run the dishwasher only when full.
(2-4.5 gallons per load) 

Don't leave water running while rinsing dishes.
(2.5 gallons per minute -- standard flow per minute sink faucet at 80 psi) 

Fill the bathtub halfway or less.
(Save 12.5 gallons – average bath is 25 gallons)           

Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers.
(Save 12.5 gallons with a water efficient showerhead -- 2.5 gallons per minute) 

Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving.
(Save approximately 10 gallons per day) 

Wash only full loads of clothes.
(15-45 gallons per load)  

Fix leaky faucets.
(15-20 gallons per day per leak) 

Fix leaky toilets.
(30-50 gallons per day per toilet) 

Install a water-efficient clothes washer.
(Save: 15 gallons/load -- average top loader is 30-40 gallons per load) 

Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher.
(Save: 3 to 8 gallons/load) 

Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1.5 gallon per minute.   

Install efficient, WaterSense-labeled shower heads.
(Save: 1 gallon per minute -- or 10 gallons per average 10 minute shower) 

Install a high-efficiency WaterSense-labeled toilet -- 1.28 gallons per flush.
(Save 19 gallons per person/day) 

Install aerators on bathroom faucets.
(Save 1.2 gallons per person/day)