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Water, Water Everywhere - April Event

 USGBC-CC and the Water, Energy, and Technology Center are pleased to present two renowned local water experts who will discuss the hot topic of California and Fresno area water supply. We will learn about how California's Water System, works and why it doesn't, as well as hear about the Fresno Metropolitan Water Resource Plan. Join us for this exciting event! 

Register for the event here today and don't miss this opportunity to learn BE informed on this hot topic! Join the USGBC-CC Chapter to stay informed here! Please also find information regarding parking near the WET Center here. 

In the mean time don't forget that every drops counts and we can all make a difference by incorporating these small habits into our daily lives. Not only do our lives depend on it, but those across the nation who depend on the food grown in our fertile Valley. 


  • 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 

EPA asks Americans to Join the Race to stop water leaks! 

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

  Posted on April 14, 2014 | 9:05 am

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