Voluntary Water Use Reduction Recommended

The Sacramento region is having a dry winter for the third consecutive year. Although the City of West Sacramento is not facing an emergency situation, the City is asking the public to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent.

Landscape irrigation typically accounts for about 70 percent of total water use. During the winter months, landscapes need very little water, making this an easy time of the year to conserve water. The winter is also a prime time to inspect, repair and replace indoor plumbing pipes and fixtures.

Here are water saving tips you can put into action today to help conserve water:

Outdoor Tips

–Only irrigate your landscaping as needed.

–Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.

–Repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads.

–Adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray and runoff.

–Use an automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose.

–Reduce each irrigation cycle by two minutes.

–Install a water-efficient drip irrigation system for your trees, shrubs and flowers.

–Install a WaterSense-labeled, “Smart” irrigation controller that adjusts watering based upon weather, soil type, plant type and sun exposure (such as full sun or part shade).

Indoor Tips

–Take 5 minute showers instead of 10 minute showers.

–Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving.

–Wash only full loads of clothes and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

–Fix leaky faucets and toilets.

–Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1.5 gallons per minute.

–Install efficient, WaterSense-labeled shower heads.

–Install a high-efficiency WaterSense-labeled toilet (1.28 gallons per flush).

–Install aerators on bathroom faucets.

For more information on water conservation: see Regional Water Authority, www.rwah2o.org.

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