Here are some easy things you and your family can do around the house to help conserve water. For more tips, take the "home tour" at www.h2ouse.org.
In The Home
- Install a low-flow showerhead, and take only five-minute showers or three-inch baths.
- Make sure all of the faucets have aerators.
- Fix all leaky toilets, faucets and pipes.
- Run only full loads in dishwashers and washing machines.
- Install low-flow toilets and high-efficiency washing machines.
Lawn, Garden and Outdoors
- Determine how long you should set the timer for watering by observing when it starts to run off into the gutter.
- Set your timer to water during the evening or morning to prevent rapid evaporation during the heat of day. Be sure to follow your city's watering guidelines.
- Maintain and adjust your sprinkler system regularly to avoid watering cement.
- Use a nozzle on your hose that can be shut off or adjusted to a fine spray.
- Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to remove leaves and debris from driveways, walkways, lawns, patios and pool decks.
- Select drought-tolerant plants for your garden. Visit the Clovis Botanical Garden to see their collection of water-wise, Mediterranean climate trees, shrubs and perennials.
- Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when the pool is not being used.
In the Garage
- Use a car wash that recycles water, or wash the car at home on the lawn instead of the driveway.
- Wash your car with a bucket, sponge and a hose with a shut-off valve.
Last updated 03-06-08
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Central Valley Water Awareness Committee