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When giving kids a bath fill the bathtub halfway or less to save at least 12 gallons per person.
If you have to use a hose make sure it has a shutoff nozzle. And be sure to use your hose sparingly!
Use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads of laundry to save water and energy.
When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
Let your lawn go brown by cutting back watering to only twice per month. Extraordinary drought calls for extraordinary measures. Join the effort!
Prioritize your landscape with shade trees that help keep other plants cool and less thirsty.
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator for daily hydration instead of running the tap each time.
Keep a pitcher next to the sink to collect leftover water from around the house and use it on your thirsty plants outside.
Set lawnmower blade to 3 inches to encourage deeper roots to save 16 – 50 gallons per day.
“There’s a Drought On. Turn the Water Off.” So says the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, a coalition of cities and water districts in Marin & Sonoma counties that banded together to send the message of water conservation. The partnership’s campaign was launched in January and its key themes of “saving money while saving water” appear on bus ads, signs at malls, in major newspapers and on the radio. The partnership also sponsored a “Drought Drive-Thru” in April where about 5,000 people picked up Drought Kits with water saving promotional items.More >
Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources. For more ways to save and to learn more about the Save Our Water program, visit saveourh2o.org.