How Are You Saving Water?

With California in a drought emergency, everyone needs to help conserve water use. Making small changes can save hundreds of gallons!
Top Tips for Saving Water at Home:

  • Limit showers to five minutes or less.
  • Check plumbing and appliances for leaks and fix them ASAP.
  • Install high-efficiency appliances such as toilets, showerheads, faucets, dishwashers and clothes washers. Learn about available rebates.


  • Limit landscape watering to two days per week in the summer, following your water provider’s guidelines.
  • Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray and runoff.
  • Add 2-3 inches of organic mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.

Drought Proof Your Landscape with Greywater ( Greywater is water from sinks, showers and washing machines. Instead of sending it down the sewer, it can be safely and simply redirected into the landscape for irrigation. Reusing household greywater saves water, saves time and reduces water flowing into the sewer system. Find out if a greywater system is a good match for your home and landscaping; check with your water provider.

New Resource Available for Creating Water-Wise Landscapes
Eco-Friendly Landscape Design Plans for the New California Landscape at offers visitors free of charge:

  • Four interactive landscape designs with photographs of plants and features for each plan.
  • An interactive irrigation sample design that shows and explains the irrigation equipment.
  • Guided audio tours with landscape and irrigation designers for each plan.
  • Profiles and photos of plants that were carefully selected for their ability y to thrive in the Sacramento region’s climate and ease of care.

Visit to learn more tips for using water efficiently, plus:

  • Find out who your water provider is and learn their watering guidelines.
  • Learn about free water provider services and rebates to help you use less water.
  • Find qualified Green Gardeners who specialize in water-wise landscaping.
  • See the BeWaterSmart calendar of community events that can help you create a beautiful landscape that doesn’t waste water.
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