To make the most of water supplies, residents should become mindful of their water use, making every effort to conserve water, both indoors and outside. Keep your ‘water footprint’ small. Remember, when you conserve water, you’re also conserving energy (19% of our total electrical energy and 33% of our gas energy costs are used to move and treat water around the state), protecting other ecosystems (water we take from the Sacramento Bay–Delta is degrading those ecosystems in the same way that water we took from the Owens Valley degraded those ecosystems), and saving money.Indoors: Simple things can make a real difference:
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Turn the water off when brushing your teeth.
- Be more time-efficient in the shower—keep it under 5 minutes.
- Fill the sink to hand wash dishes—don’t leave the water running.
- Install aerators on faucets.
- Install low-flow toilets and showerheads.
- Run your clothes and dishwashers only when you have full loads.
- Use a high water-efficiency clothes washer.*
Outdoors: Landscape irrigation accounts for more than half of residential demand. Changing your outdoor water habits will result in significant savings on your water bill.
- Water your yard between dusk and 8am to reduce evaporation.
- Check your irrigation system for leaks, broken sprinkler heads, and overspray and replace old water-wasting sprinkler heads to efficient rotating sprinkler heads.*
- Look into ‘smart’ irrigation controllers, which automatically make adjustments based on the time of year and the current weather.*
- Use a drip irrigation system instead of sprinklers to get water to plant roots more efficiently.
- Turn off sprinklers when late fall season rains arrive and only water during long periods between rain storms.
- Install a greywater system to re-use sink and shower water for your landscape.
- Use mulch around trees, shrubs and other plantings to keep moisture in and weeds out.
- Get free mulch from the City of Los Angeles or make your own using yard clippings and kitchen waste like vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and eggshells.
- Don’t overseed lawns with cool season rye grasses
- Keep turf grass to a minimum and use low-water using, warm season species like St. Augustine and buffalo grasses.
- Consider transitioning to a native or Mediterranean-based landscape.
- Replace lawn areas with synthetic turf,* reducing your water bill, eliminating the need for fertilizers or pesticides, and saving time as you’ll never have to mow the lawn again.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
- Wash your car on the lawn, using a bucket and biodegradable soap, or go to a car wash (most recycle their water).
- Use pool and spa covers.
- Call 1-800-DIAL-DWP to report water waste in the City of Los Angeles.
* MWD can provide you with a rebate.