Californians are no stranger to water conservation. In an ever-changing climate, we as Angelenos can do our part to beat the drought by forming water conservation best practices. Since 2020, water usage has increased by 17.6%. That is a lot of water! While most should know water conservation hacks like we know there will be traffic on the 405 during rush hour, an occasional refresher course is needed. Read on for helpful tips on conserving water.
Indoor Conservation Tips
When it comes to inside your home there are a number of easy and practical water conservation practices you can adopt. From quick maintenance fixes to better personal practices, below are some easy-to-remember tips.
- Fix leaks, including leaky toilets
- Install high-efficiency toilets, aerators on bathroom faucets, and water-efficient shower heads
- Take shorter (5-minute) showers
- Track your water bill and meter to curtail water use
- Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving
- Use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only
Outdoor Conservation Tips
The outdoors is just as important if not more than your indoor water conservation efforts. Everything from the plants you grow to how you clean and maintain your outdoor area matters. Make your efforts count with a few of the helpful tips listed below.
- Plant drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees
- Recycle indoor water to use on plants
- Refrain from watering your home landscape when it rains
- Replace your grass/turf with water-wise plants
- Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks instead of water from a hose
- Water your outdoor landscape earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler