Fall Water Conservation Tips

Water Year 2014 ended in September as one of California’s driest-ever with no promise the new water year will be any wetter.

It’s more important than ever to remember that just because we are out of the dry season doesn’t mean the drought is anywhere near over. When it does rain, conserving water may be the last thing that comes to mind. However, water conservation should be a daily, year-round habit for all of us.

To help guide us into the cooler, fall months in California, here are some tips and ideas on how to conserve water all season long:

  • Change your sprinkler schedule. As the weather cools down, lawns and plants don’t need as much water . . . and when it’s raining, they don’t need to be watered at all. Remember to turn off the sprinkler when it’s raining. Another option is to invest in a weather-based sprinkler system.
  • Get a jump on spring plantings. Gardeners will tell you that plants set in the fall season require less water and will look better come springtime.
  • Help your trees survive the drought. Continue to water wisely and maintain your trees and landscape carefully throughout the fall season. Our trees provide a wide range of benefits at a low coast and with little effort.
  • Invest in a rain barrel. Consider using a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff throughout the wet months. Water collected can be used to water indoor or outdoor plants, when needed, instead of turning on your sprinklers.
  • Redirect downspouts to capture water. Simply direct downspouts outside your home to capture any rainwater and direct it to garden or plant areas.
  • Check for leaks. Find and fix leaks now. One way to find out if you have a leak present is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you most likely have a leak.
  • Install low-flow showerheads. Most water is wasted outdoors, but did you know showers are the largest indoor water-waster? Reduce your indoor water use by as much as one-third by simply switching your showerheads with low-flow showerheads.
  • Hold a housing meeting to remind others to stick to these easy water-saving tips: Keep showers to 5 minutes (a shower timer is handy); run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only; fill the sink when hand washing dishes–don’t let the water run; don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket; and keep a bucket in the shower to catch water that can be used on container plants.

For more tips, visit www.SaveOurWater.com .

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