Water Saving Tips for Residents

Below are a few simple steps you can take to use water more efficiently at home.

Indoor Water Conservation

1. Perform periodic leak checks.

2. Make sure your plumbing fixtures are not broken or defective.
A running toilet can waste 2 gallons a minute. A faucet leaking a small stream can waste more than 2,000 gallons each month.

3. Install efficient showerheads and faucets aerators.
Choose aerators with 2.0 gallon per minute flows for kitchen faucets and 1.5 gallon per minute flows for bathroom faucets. Look for showerheads with flows of no more than 2.0 gallon per minute.

4. Replace old toilets and clothes washers with new water-saving models.
Did you know that a modern front-loading clothes washer uses almost 50% less water then an older top-loading model? Thinking about installing a new toilet? Dual-flush models save up to 10% from older 1990’s models and as much as 60% from the older 1980’s toilet models.

5. Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or doing the dishes.
A running tap uses anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute.

6. Take shorter showers.

7. Wash full loads.
Wait to machine wash clothes and dishes until you can run a full load.

Outdoor Water Conservation

1. Turn your hose off when it is not in use.
Mountain View’s City Code requires that all hoses be equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle to prevent water waste.

2. Plant California natives or other water-wise plants.
For new ideas, check out our online plant database or attend a free landscape class.

3. Program irrigation systems appropriately for each season.
Consider upgrading your irrigation system with water-efficient technologies such as low-volume irrigation (e.g. drip and bubblers) and weather-based controllers.

4. Water early in the morning to limit water lost to evaporation.

5. Cover exposed soil with at least 2 inches of mulch.

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