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.

Outdoor Checklist

Try some of these easy tips to help save water and around your home and in your neighborhood. You can also print this list to keep a copy as a reminder or to share with neighbors!

Practices

  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks…Save 10-15 gallons per minute.
  • Repair leaking outdoor faucets and hose bibs…Save 15-20 gallons per day.
  • Repair leaks around pools and spa pumps…Save 20 gallons per day per leak.
  • If you own them, set water pressure reducers between 40-60 pounds psi…water savings vary with pressure, but can be significant.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles wash water…Save 200+ gallons per wash.
  • If you wash your car at home, use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end…Save 150 gallons each time.
  • If municipal ordinances don’t prohibit it, drive your car onto a lawn to wash it. Rinse water can help water the grass.
  • If you have an evaporative air conditioner, direct the water drain line to a flower bed, tree base or lawn.

Fixtures

  • Install automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose, available for free from the District…Save 10-15 gallons per minute.
  • Install covers on pools and spas to reduce evaporation…Save 30 gallons per day, depending on square footage.
  • Install a water pressure reducer if your current water pressure exceeds 80 psi…Water savings vary with pressure, but can be significant.
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