Water Conservation Tips from the Community

Brad Bergman: 25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard:  http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

Bob Silva: Install a showerhead shut-off valve between the shower arm and the showerhead. If you have a handheld shower attachment, the valve can be installed where the unit attaches to the shower arm or at either end of the tubing. You will save more water, without showering hurriedly, than you would by taking the 3 minute shower (which has water running while you’re shampooing and soaping up). Just get yourself wet, close the valve (turns the water off), shampoo and soap up while the water is off, open the valve (turns the water on) and rinse. The water temperature is already set when you turn it back on again to rinse. Showerhead shut-off valves are in the $5 to $15 range and can be bought at any of our local hardware stores.

Keep a 5 gallon bucket in the shower. Place it under the bathtub faucet while adjusting the water temperature prior to showering and move it to a safe convenient spot in the tub to catch water while showering. Use the bucket water for flushing the toilet or for outdoor use.

Scour the bathtub just before showering and let your shower water rinse the tub. When scouring the kitchen sink, countertop, or bathroom sink, use a flexible squeegee to remove most of your wet scouring powder before rinsing. Flexible squeegees are unlike traditional squeegees. They are usually made completely of silicone and are meant to be used for drying cars. They are available at our local auto parts stores and hardware stores with an auto department. Use them for wiping down the walls, shower curtain and tub after showering to prevent mildew growth.

Install a faucet aerator with a pause or shut-off feature on the kitchen and bathroom faucets. Use the pause or shut-off when soaping up your hands and between dishes when rinsing. The water temperature is set when you initially turn the water on with the handles so time and water are saved by using that feature instead of turning water on and off at the handles. Aerators with a shut-off or pause can be found at any of our local hardware stores for under $10.

Line countertop compost bins with newspaper to keep them clean. Fold a couple of sheets of newspaper into an origami cup (a basic fold - instructions can be found online) and put that in the bin. Then when you’re ready to empty it, the newspaper will lift right out to go into the green container or your compost pile. It saves water by avoiding having to clean the inside of the bin with each emptying.

Frank Davis: While waiting for the sink water to get hot, catch this water and use it in your coffee pot.

Angela Liebenberg: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has a rebate program for replacing toilets, and removing turf and replacing it with landscapes that require little water at California single-family residences to support the State's drought response. www.saveourwaterrebates.com/

Sandra Mae Liljeberg: Take short showers, no running water to wash dishes,wash less clothes in a week, save shower water in a bucket till the water gets hot, make sure you have no leaks in your toilet, hoses or pipes.

Ann Jamgochian: Shower tokens for five-minute showers at all motels.

Megan Smithyman: Install low flow, gray water toilets.