WATER EFFICIENCY / INDOOR Use
Indoor water use accounts for approximately 20-30 percent of our daily water use in the summer months and up to 50 percent during the winter. You can impact your use by making small, thoughtful changes in your lifestyle and activities. Every Drop Counts!
REPLACE OLDER TOILETS
Toilets installed before 1992 use up to 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf).
All toilets purchased in California after January 2014 use a maximum of 1.28 gpf. That’s a potential savings of 2.22 gpf, or 5,000 gallons per year. Rebate – Rebate funds are not currently available.
VERIFY YOUR TOILET IS WORKING PROPERLY
Make sure the water level is not too high, the fill valve is working properly, and the flapper is not leaking. A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day.
WASH FULL LOADS
Washing laundry is a large water user in the average home; accounting for 15 to 40 percent of the overall water consumption inside the typical household of four persons. Before new standards were adopted in 2010, traditional clothes washers used approximately 30 to 45 gallons of water per load. A typical family of four using a standard sized clothes washer will generate more than 300 loads per year. This equates to a regular washer consuming approximately 12,000 gallons of water annually.
REPLACE YOUR WASHER
High-Efficiency Washers (HEW) significantly reduce water use by more than 6,000 gallons per year, save energy, clean the clothes better, use less detergent, and reduce fabric wear.
INSTALL EFFICIENT FAUCETS AND/OR AERATORS
When installing or repairing a faucet, install one that uses a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute.
FIND AND FIX LEAKY FAUCETS
A faucet leaking 60 drops per minute will waste 192 gallons per month. That’s 2,304 gallons per year.
TURN OFF THE FAUCET
When brushing your teeth, shaving, or just washing your hands. The savings could reach thousands of gallons per year.
REPLACE YOUR SHOWERHEAD
Does your showerhead have a flow greater than 2.5 gallons per minute? Replace it with an efficient model that use a maximum of 2 gallons per minute.
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
Reducing a 10-minute shower to 5 minutes can save at least 10 gallons.
SAVE FOR LATER
Consider collecting the water for other uses, e.g. watering houseplants, or a pets water bowl.
Newer efficient dishwashers use less water than hand washing, particularly if you limit pre-rinsing.
Only wash full loads.
If washing by hand, fill the sink with water rather than leaving on the tap.
Avoid using running water to thaw frozen foods.
Composting food saves water by reducing the need to run the garbage disposal.