In San Diego, a typical household uses about 10,472 gallons of water a month. What can you do to use less this month? Whatever your conservation goal is – 15 percent, 25 percent or more – the more of these steps you take, the more water you’ll save. The more water you save, the more money you’ll save on your water and sewer bills.
- While waiting for hot water to come through the pipes, catch the cool water in a bucket or a watering can. Use this water later to water plants or run your garbage disposal.
- Hand wash dishes once a day using a minimal amount of detergent to cut rinsing. Use a sprayer or short blasts of water to rinse.
- Save up to 250 gallons of water a week when watering your lawn! Water your lawn and landscaping before dawn or after the sun sets when there’s less evaporation. Adjust your sprinklers so they don’t spray on sidewalks, driveways or streets.
- By replacing your regular showerheads with low-flow showerhead you can save up to 230 gallons a week.
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Channel your inner plumber. You can save more than 150 gallons for each leak that you fix inside and outside of your home. Think about faucets, fixtures and pipes.
- Flush the toilet only when necessary. Never use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
- Adjust your car washing methods: When taking your vehicle to a car wash, take it to a place that recycles its wash water. If washing your car at home, use a bucket of water and sponge. Rinse quickly at the end, never allow the hose to run continuously.
- Never do laundry or run the dishwasher with less than a full load. This simple method can save up to 30 gallons per week.
- Always use a broom when cleaning your patio or balcony; never use a hose.
Remember, if you see someone wasting water, please report them to us using this secure, anonymous online form.