mind the flush
Toilets use more water than anything else in your bathroom. If your toilet is running constantly, it's not haunted. It probably just needs a $5 part. A wonky toilet flapper can waste hundreds of gallons of water a week. Better yet, install a low-flow toilet (your local water agency may even have an incentive program) and you can reduce water use by more than 50% per flush.
keep it tight
Those leaky faucets, pipes, and hoses aren't just making you crazy, they're draining our most valuable resource. One drop every second can waste five gallons in a single day. Every drop counts, so get on top of that.
keep it clean
Whether you're washing clothes or dishes, run full loads and invest in appliances that use water efficiently.
use your shower power
We all appreciate your singing voice, but let’s try to keep it to a single and not an album, OK? Cutting down your shower time to under five minutes or investing in a low-flow showerhead can really cut down your water use.
grin and save it
Turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth - shave, wash your vegetables, dishes, and anything else that needs running water - adds up to big water savings over time.
Instead of thirsty lawns, choose some of Southern California's many native plants and succulents that are naturally drought-tolerant. Want to be a water saving pro? Use drip-irrigation to keep them watered. It’s a win-win: easy to care for and much easier on the water supply!
let grass grow free
If native landscaping isn't your jam and you do grow grass, let it grow a little taller by setting your mower blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil, improves moisture retention, and leaves more leaf surface to take in the light.
put a lid on it
Uncovered pool water evaporates, which is not great for would-be swimmers or the environment. Cover up your pool when it's not in use.
hitch a ride or take a walk
If you commute to work, consider public transit. By reducing the number of cars on the road, you not only reduce pollution, but also the demand for water-hungry car manufacturing and fuel production.
support your local car wash
If your ride needs a wash, consider a self-serve or drive-thru car wash. Or better yet, leave it to the professionals. Car washes recycle water and use high-efficiency equipment. They help reduce pollution too!
catch and release
There's a lot of water that goes down our drains, both indoors and out, that could be captured and reused for non-potable uses. Think about old cups of water, the water that runs while you're waiting for the tap to heat up, and rainwater. All of this water could be saved and used for things like watering plants or flushing toilets.
shop smart, reduce waste
Meal planning isn't just good for your wallet and schedule. Given that agriculture is responsible for up to 80% of California's water use, reducing food waste has the dual benefit of reducing water waste.