California is facing one of the most severe droughts in recorded history due to three consecutive dry years with minimal precipitation. Our state runs on water for its livelihood, but our supplies are low. During this time of severe drought, we must be extra diligent about saving water to conserve what remains.
Here are some simple ways to Save water indoors
Find leaks and fix them. Check your water meter and examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings. Place a drop of food coloring in your toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak.
Wash only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
Take five – minute or shorter showers.
Turn the water off when brushing teeth or shaving.
Install water-efficient washing machines, dishwashers and toilets.
Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators in kitchen and bathroom.
Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin instead of running water from the tap.
Collect the water you use from washing fruits and vegetables and use it for your plants.
The following is a list of PROHIBITED outdoor water use:
The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk.
Using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
Using a hose that dispenses portable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the house is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
Using portable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Recycled water is not mandated, but encouraged for fountain use.
California American Water, 4701 Beloit Drive, Sacramento, CA 95838 for free conservation devices and leak detection kits. Call hotline for more information @ 916-568-4201