Water Saving Tips

Persistent drought has made saving water important, but saving water also saves energy. More than 19 percent of the energy used in California goes to water-related activities, whether it's treating, pumping and delivering water to your home, heating the water for your shower, or treating wastewater.

By brushing up on your water-saving tips and spreading the word to your friends and family, you can help California conserve water and electricity. Visit Save Our Water for more water-saving tips.

In the Home

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  • Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.
  • Install a water-efficient clothes washer. 
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.


  • Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.dishwashing
  • Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher.
  • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.


  • Install low-flow shower heads.Niagara
  • Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers.
  • Fill the bathtub halfway or less.
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Install a high-efficiency toilet.
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.



  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Choose a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.

Water and Landscape

  • Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make. Try this easy watering calculator to help determine how much you should be watering outside. 
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  • If you really want to be a sophisticated water user, invest in a weather-based irrigation controller—or a smart controller. These devices will automatically adjust the watering time and frequency based on soil moisture, rain, wind, and evaporation and transpiration rates.
    • Check with your local water agency to see if there is a rebate available for the purchase of a smart controller.


  • Instead of using water, use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios.
  • Wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle.
  • If you have to use water to clean up outside, a water broom that attaches to your hose but uses a combination of air and water pressure to aid cleaning.