With California’s challenges with drought in recent years, residents and businesses should do all they can to conserve water. This could mean limited outdoor landscaping, which is usually the greatest opportunity for conservation, although indoor use is important to conservation as well. It’s also important to make sure you are following new mandatory restrictions on how you use water in California.
There are many ways to have beautiful landscapes that use small amounts of water. For lawns, there are attractive varieties that need little water, and new technologies for applying water to them. Many residents and businesses are modernizing their landscapes by converting to planting beds with native and drought tolerant plants with properly installed and monitored drip irrigation systems. You can find more information here: saveourwater.com/conservation-lifestyle/around-the-yard
Personal grooming and sustainable water-use habits and modern fixtures are two main opportunities for indoor water conservation. Better water habits means only running water when you need it. You can shut off faucets while brushing teeth and washing dishes for instance. Fixtures include faucet aerators, shower heads, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines. You can find more information here: saveourwater.com/conservation-lifestyle/around-the-house
Local rebates may be available for replacing fixtures or even lawns. Click here to learn more about rebates that may be available in your city: bawsca.org/conserve/rebates
Thinking through the Water – Energy Nexus
By installing water conserving fixtures, you can save water and energy. Appliances like dishwashers may require less heated water to do the same job, so it’s a two-for in terms of saving money. saveourwater.com/take-action/#waterSaving. In general, it takes energy to move, heat, and treat water, so the water that comes out of your faucet already has consumed energy just to get to your home or business. If the water is heated, more energy is required. Once it goes down the drain to the wastewater treatment plant, it consumes even more energy for treatment before being released into the environment.