Let's make water efficiency a way of life.
Save Water Indoors
View this water savings table to see how many gallons you can save by taking simple steps.
In the Kitchen save 750 gallons:
- Peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
- Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. · Only use the garbage disposal when necessary (composting is a great alternative!).
In the Laundry Room save 750 gallons:
- Only run full loads of laundry.
In the bathroom save 1,500 gallons:
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave, and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.
- Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking.
- Collect water in a bucket when heating up the shower/bath water to use later for watering plants.
- The biggest source of indoor water use is from toilets. If the bowl water is yellow, let it mellow – if it’s brown, flush it down.
Save Water Outdoors
One of the easiest places to save water is outdoors. About half of the typical water bill can be from outdoor water use. Water less outdoors and save money!
In the yard save 1,500 gallons:
- When rain is still in the forecast, adjust your irrigation timer and scale back or stop watering.
- Irrigation is the biggest source of water use at a home.
- Lawns can survive for weeks without being watered.
- Halt lawn irrigation completely to save the most on your bill. · For other types of plants or irrigation tips, check the South Bay Green Gardens website.
- If the average sized lawn in the U.S. is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers!
- Fix water leaks as soon as possible – Fix visible leaks within 5 working days. Visit our water leaks page to find out how to detect water leaks and fix them. Household leaks account for 10,000+ gallons of water for the average U.S. family per year!
- Sweep hard surfaces – Use a broom instead of a hose to clean hard surfaces and save.
- Use automatic shut-off nozzles – Use hoses with a nozzle that shuts off automatically when the handle is released. This helps you aim and control the water and can save many gallons.
- Washing your car – Use a bucket of water to wash the car. Or better yet - let mother nature wash your car when it rains.
When to Water
Visit South Bay Green Gardens to determine irrigation needs. Change outdoor watering schedules as the weather changes; in the fall, reduce watering to give plants about half of their summer water.
Financing Water Efficiency Upgrades
There are many options and resources available for financing water efficiency upgrades.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers rebate programs that can help residents and businesses save water.
*Estimates are based on average consumption for a family of four people for one month. 1 HCF = 748 gallons.