Why Conserve Water?
The drought is on. Water is critical to survival, a precious resource that should never be wasted. Our community, businesses, and wildlife rely upon it. 2013 was one of the driest years Sonoma County has seen in 120 years. Local water supply reservoirs are low, including the region’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma. Learn more about the drought.
Our everyday actions have an impact on our water supply and our environment. Now is the time to act to protect our current water supply.
Conserving Water Is Easy
Water-efficient technologies and products consume less water while having little or no impact on your lifestyle. Visit our partners page for details on available programs in your area. Not only is saving water is the right thing to do, it can also save you money. Saving water may also lower your sewer and energy bills.
Water Conservation Tips Card – Downloadable PDFs
Indoor Water Conservation Tips
- Purchase a front-load washing machine that uses 40% less water. Check with your local water provider for rebates.
- Don’t let water run while shaving, brushing teeth or rinsing dishes.
- When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
- Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can potentially save hundreds of gallons each month.
- Check your toilet for leaks.
- Learn how to read your water meter.
- Prevent and report water waste.
- Run the dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads only.
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips
- Water between midnight and 6:00 a.m. to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind. Water your lawn and garden in 2 short cycles rather than one long one. Watering to a depth of 4 to 6” will encourage deeper healthier roots and allow the plants to go without water for longer periods of time.
- Target your water use in your garden by hand watering exactly in the spots that need it.
- Inspect and tune-up your sprinkler system monthly. Adjust your sprinkler heads to prevent water draining off your lawn and down the gutter. Reduce sprinkler run-time, and don’t be a gutter flooder.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean your driveway, deck or patio. Washing a sidewalk or driveway with a hose uses about 50 gallons of water every 5 minutes.
- Your water meter is an important conservation tool. It not only measures the amount of water you use, but can also tell you if there is a leak in your plumbing.
- Use a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when you wash the car, or take your car to a carwash that recycles. Save water by extending the time between car washes or take your car to a Sonoma Green Car Wash.
- Cover pools and hot-tubs to reduce evaporation.
- Sheet mulching is a simple technique for converting lawn to a low water use garden and