No end is in sight, as California continues to be engulfed in drought with the first quarter of 2022 being historically low rainfall months. Despite the rains of December, Northern California water storage reservoirs are parched, and no guarantee exists that 2023 will not see continued low rainfall periods. What can you do now?
Here are the top ways to conserve water:
- Limit the length of your showers: Reducing your shower to 5 minutes can save 12.5 gallons per shower when using a water-efficient showerhead.
- Fill bathtubs halfway or less, which can save 12 gallons of water per bath.
- Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving, since these daily tasks don’t need water to run the whole time and you can simply turn off the tap. You can save 10 gallons of water per person per day.
- Wash full loads of clothes and dishes so BEFORE you press start on your washer or dishwasher, double-check that it is completely full. This will save 15-45 gallons of water per load of clothes and 5-15 gallons per load of dishes.
- Fix any dripping faucets or leaks. At one drip per second, it can waste nearly 3,200 gallons per year.
- Don't hose it, sweep it! Use a broom to clean outdoor areas like patios and walkways--this can save 8-18 gallons of water every minute.
- Improve landscape irrigation using drought tolerant native plants (pollinators will love you to, and increase the efficiency by using drip irrigation. Water deeply one day or less per week and you can save thousands of gallons every year.
- Spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family by sharing how you save water and why on social media. Use the hashtag #saveourwater.
Next...what can you do for tomorrow? Build a rooftop rainwater collection system, store rainwater that comes in the winter, and use it to irrigate in the dry season! See our raincatchers page for more info!