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Conservation Facts
Below are some facts about conservation. You can make small changes to save a lot of water.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
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    A garden hose can use more than 10 gallons of water per minute. The Water Authority recommends that people sweep their driveways instead of using a hose to save water.
     
  • Water Smart Car Washes use two to three times less water than washing your car at home. They also capture the used water and recycle it or send it to a water treatment facility.
     
  • Switching to a high-efficiency washing machine can save more than 4,000 gallons of water a year.
     
  • Washing only full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher can save up to 2,000 gallons of water a year.
     
  • Installing a hot water recirculating pump can save about 8,000 gallons of water a year.
     
  • When used properly, dishwashers can be more efficient than hand washing. Only run the dishwasher when it's completely full, and use the water-level settings for the most efficient run.
     
  • Toilets consume about 27 percent of the water used inside the home. Switching to a high-efficiency toilet can save up to 4,000 gallons of water per person each year.
     
  • Leaving the water on while you brush uses five gallons of water.
     
  • Limit the length of your showers to five minutes or less. A family of four taking daily five-minute showers with a high-efficiency showerhead can save more than 40,000 gallons of water each year.
     
  • On average, you can save 55 gallons of water per square foot by converting grass to a water smart landscape called xeriscape.
     
  • Shutting off the sprinklers on rainy days can save 500 gallons of water in one day. Install a rain sensor and your irrigation system will shut down during and after rain.
     
  • A pool cover can help save 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of water each year by reducing evaporation.