Water Conservation. It's For Life.

Around the House

The average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day. Here are some easy ways to reduce water use.

Fix Leaks

Fix Leaks

Saves 110g each month.

Fill The Bathtub<br>Halfway Or Less

Fill The Bathtub
Halfway Or Less

Saves 12 gallons per bath.

Recycle Indoor Water<br>& Use For Plants

Recycle Indoor Water
& Use For Plants

Saves gallons of water each month.

Install A High-Efficiency Toilet

Install A High-Efficiency Toilet

Saves 19 gallons per person/day.

Turn Off Water When<br>Brushing Teeth or Shaving

Turn Off Water When
Brushing Teeth or Shaving

Saves 10 gallons per person per day.

Wash Full Loads<br>of Clothes & Dishes

Wash Full Loads
of Clothes & Dishes

Washer: saves 15–45 gallons per load.
Dishwasher: saves 5–15 gallons per load.

Install Aerators

Install Aerators

Saves 1.2 gallons per person per day.

Shower for only<br>5 minutes

Shower for only
5 minutes

Saves 12.5 gallons with a water
efficient showerhead per shower.

Around the Yard

The average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day and 30-60% of their water outdoors. Here are some easy outdoor tips to reduce water use.

What Should I Plant?

What Should I Plant?

Check with your local water agency and if you can water at least two times a week, you can plant water-wise plants and shade trees. This is not the time to install new lawn or thirsty, non-California friendly plants.

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Drought Resistant<br>Trees & Plants

Drought Resistant
Trees & Plants

Saves 30–60 gallons per
1000 sq. ft. each time.

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Install Drip Irrigation<br>& Add A Smart Controller

Install Drip Irrigation
& Add A Smart Controller

Saves 15 gallons each time you water
& saves 24+ gallons per day.

Set Mower<br>Blades to 3″

Set Mower
Blades to 3″

Encourages deeper roots &
saves 16–50 gallons per day.

Reimagine Your Yard

Reimagine Your Yard

Feed your vegetables & fruits water first because they feed you! Water-wise plants and shade trees use little or no water once established. Thirsty plants such as lawn and container plants are the lowest priority. If you have to cut back, start here.

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Adjust Sprinkler Heads<br>& Fix Leaks

Adjust Sprinkler Heads
& Fix Leaks

Saves 12–15 gallons each time you water & a leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!

Use a Broom to Clean Outdoor Areas

Use a Broom to Clean Outdoor Areas

Saves 8–18 gallons/minute.

Use Mulch

Use Mulch

Saves 20–30 gallons per
1000 sq. ft. each time.

Around the Neighborhood

All around California, homeowners are reimagining their yards. These are some of their stories.

Samrrah Raouf

Samrrah Raouf

Carmichael, CA

Saving water is important because….
..in California we only get water falling in the winter. We depend on snow melt to keep our rivers flowing and those rivers have to provide for household water needs, agriculture and nature. Let’s just use what we need.

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Kristan Ulicki

Kristan Ulicki

Anaheim, CA

Saving water is important because…
…we all need it, but carelessly using it affects us all, especially in California. Learning new ways to conserve it, whether inside or outside the house, in creative and inspiring ways, will benefit our state, while beautifying it using plants that are drought-resistant, and inspire our neighbors to get involved in conserving water, because it is important.

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Yaz & Richard Manley

Yaz & Richard Manley

San Marcos, CA

Yaz’s thoughts on gardening:
“A sprawling green lawn in California was a bad idea that never should have blossomed. If we could collectively simply adjust our attitudes we would find surprisingly more beautiful and sustainable solutions for our future.

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Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer

Rancho Mirage, CA

Margaret’s favorite gardening quote:
“For the garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it. Until you have looked for it everywhere and found nowhere that is not a desert.” W.H.Auden, “For the Time Being.”

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John Baziuk

John Baziuk

Fresno, CA

Why save water?
It just makes sense that you can have a beautiful garden and be able to save on water usage with proper planning. We all need to understand the importance of water and how it benefits everyone.

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Dee Peden

Dee Peden

Palm Desert, CA

Saving water is important because…

…it is a limited resource. When you live in a desert environment, like we do, it is even more important to use every drop wisely. In our 960-home community, we are doing our part by switching from water-hungry grass to beautiful, water-wise plants and flowers.

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Roberta Walker

Roberta Walker

Sacramento, CA

Ways Roberta likes to save water:

“Re-arrange the drain that takes your gutter water and other landscape water to the street. Instead of going all the way to the curb, stop it midway in the yard. That way the water will permeate the soil and make an overall better environment for your plants.”

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Kathryn McClelland

Kathryn McClelland

Pleasanton, CA

Favorite place to buy native/low-water plants:

The annual sale at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden Park (Berkeley), Annie’s Annuals in Richmond and Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.

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