Quick tips on how to save water


Did you know that 30-60% of water California households consume is for outdoor usage? Water is a precious resource and water conservation makes a big impact. While upgrading plumbing fixtures and replacing irrigation systems help conserve water, even simple changes can result in significant savings.

Save Our Water, a program created by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources, and San Diego County Water Authority each provide helpful tips on how to reduce water usage.

Quick and simple options are highlighted below.

In the House

Quick Tip

   Estimated Savings

1. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth, shave, or scrub a dish

   2 gallons per minute

2. Take a shorter shower and collect water for plants while the water is warming up

   2.5 gallons per minute

3. Program your dishwasher to skip the pre-rinse and extra-rinse cycles

   2-4 gallons per load

4. Wash only full loads of laundry

   Up to 50 gallons per load


Around the Yard

Quick Tip

   Estimated Savings

1. Use a hose nozzle that shuts off when you release the handle

   18 gallons per minute

2. Water in the early morning to minimize evaporation

   20-25 gallons per day

3. Use mulch

   40 gallons per day

4. Use a broom to clean outdoor areas

   Savings vary

5. Set mower blades to 3”

   Savings vary

If you are looking for local resources, the County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program and Conservation: ReThink Your Water Use offer valuable information. Additionally, the WaterSmart Checkup program by the San Diego County Water Authority offers free site-specific water savings consultations.

We hope you find simple ways to save water and decrease your water bill.