How Much Water Do You Use?

It has been found that the average California home uses 384 gallons of water daily, indoors and out. The average apartment or condominium uses 256 gallons daily. And a single individual uses about 150 gallons a day, including outdoor watering.

Conservation is an effort we can practice every day. With just a little adjustment to your normal activities, like shorter showers, or turning off the faucet while brushing, you can save water and money.

Irrigation Checklist

Almost 50% of our water supply isn’t used in the home, it’s used to irrigate our lawns and plants. Installing smart sprinklers and following the designated watering days are just a few of the ways you can help reduce the amount of drinking water we use on irrigation. For more ways to help, see below for a few ways to help cut down on outdoor watering.

  • Replace high-water-using trees and plants with California-friendly plants that require about two-thirds less water to thrive than non-native plants. (Note: Make the transition to California-friendly plants in non-drought years, as even drought-resistant plantings take extra water to get them going.) Long term this can save you 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
  • Remind your children not to play with the garden hose. You can save 10 gallons a minute.
  • Allow children to play in the sprinklers only when you’re watering the yard.
  • Step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn’t need water. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Set your sprinklers for more days in between watering. You can save 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
  • Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs — and only there. You can save 500 gallons a month.
  • Set lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation. You can save 500 to 1,500 gallons each month.
  • Put a layer of mulch, peat moss, or gravel around trees and plants to slow down evaporation. You can save 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
  • Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers when it’s cool or overcast – or when it’s raining. This could save up to 300 gallons each time.
  • Upgrade to weather-smart irrigation controllers for your sprinkler system. They self-adjust the amount and timing of watering depending on the weather so you don’t have to!
  • Don’t overwater. Too much water can harm plants – as much if not more – than inadequate water.
  • Don’t water the lawn on windy days. Watering in windy conditions can waste up to 300 gallons in one watering.
  • Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. You can save 300 gallons a month.