It’s our goal to provide a reliable and safe drinking water supply to meet your present and future needs at a reasonable cost—and to share easy tips on how to conserve.
Indoors and out, there are many easy ways to conserve water—and help reduce your monthly water bill. Read on to learn all about it.
Plant Drought-Resistant Trees and Plants
You can save up to 40% in water costs by replacing your turf with these options. The best time to plant drought-tolerant and native plants is during the fall and spring, when watering requirements are much lower.
Don’t Water the Gutter
Position your sprinkler so the water lands on the lawn and not on paved areas. Also try to avoid watering on windy days.
Create a design. Draw out the major elements of your landscape including your house, driveway, sidewalk, trees, and other elements. Think of how you would want to use your new landscape. Would you like room for your pets? Need room for the kids to play? Curb appeal? Simply, what would you like to see?
Take Shorter Showers
Long, hot showers can waste 5 to 10 gallons of water every unneeded minute. A 5-minute shower is usually all that’s needed.
Water in the Early Morning or Evening
You can lose as much as 30% of water to evaporation if you water under the hot midday sun.
Turn Off the Faucet
Whether you’re washing dishes, brushing your teeth or cleaning vegetables, don’t let the faucet run. It’s never okay to let unused water run down the drain.
Use a Broom
Don't use a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Leaky toilets and dripping faucets account for a large portion of water waste.
Only Wash Full Loads
For clothes or dishes, only do a load if it’s full. This saves 15 to 45 gallons per load.
Install Water-Saving Devices
We offer free water conservation kits for the kitchen and bathroom. Install them and save.
Turf and Efficient Irrigation
If the only person stepping on an area of grass is the person mowing it, that’s called non-functional turf. Consider replacing it. As for your functional turf, make sure you have a sprinkler system with high-efficiency nozzles. You also might want to invest in a weather-based smart irrigation timer controller.
Water Saving Garden Friendly
Look for the Water Saving Garden Friendly logo at Home Depot and other garden centers to find plants that will thrive in the Inland Empire climate and save water.
Drip Irrigation System
Consider installing a drip irrigation system to water your plants and trees more efficiently.
To determine your soil type, take a handful of moist soil from your garden, and give it a firm squeeze.
- If it falls apart immediately - Sand
- If you touch it and it crumbles - Loam
- If you touch it and it stays the same - Clay
Add mulch whenever possible, 2 to 4 inches deep. Mulch helps conserve moisture by reducing water evaporation from the soil. It also improves the health of the soil, reduces weed growth, and makes your area look more appealing.
Check for Leaks
A leak within your irrigation system, toilets, or faucets will account for a large portion of water waste.
Waterwise Demonstration Garden
View a complete list of plants in the Waterwise Demonstration Garden.