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SIMPLE WAYS TO CONSERVE WATER:
- Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
- Decrease the frequency of washing clothing, towels and sheets.
- Take five minute showers.
- Turn water off when brushing teeth, or shaving. When washing your hands or face, turn the water off while you lather.
- Turn the tap on low. You don't need a special faucet to decrease your flow rate, just don't turn the tap all the way on. Slightly more than a trickle is all that is usually necessary.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every time you flush a tissue or other piece of trash you're wasting 5 to 7 gallons.
- Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
- Fill the bathtub halfway or less.
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
- Take a (short) shower instead of a bath. A bathtub can use up to 70 gallons of water.
- Check faucets for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
- Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run constantly. Turn it off while scrubbing.
- Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.
- If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running water from the tap.
- Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator.
- Check your sprinkler system for leaks and broken sprinkler heads and repair them promptly. Doing so could save up to 500 gallons of water per month.
- To reduce evaporation, water your lawn during the cool parts of the day, like in the early morning or late evening, and don’t water the lawn on windy days.
- Set up your sprinklers so they're not spraying the sidewalk or driveway, and make sure to turn them off on days when rain is expected (you can get a rain sensor if you have automatic sprinklers).
- Set lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation.
- Direct the water drain line from your air conditioner to a flower bed, tree base or onto your lawn.
- If your family wants to play with the hose or the sprinkler, make sure they do so in a dry part of the lawn that can use the water.
- If you have a pool:
- Use a pool cover - you'll save a thousand gallons of water from evaporating each month.
- Keep your pool water cool to reduce evaporation, and keep the water level low to reduce the amount of water lost to splashing.
- Check your pool for leaks often, and if you find a leak get it fixed as soon as possible
Central Valley residents, learn about your city's current water conservation programs and find out how you can help save water:
City of Fresno
City of Clovis
City of Visalia
County of Madera
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