Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts
Did you know the average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day? While our state’s drought conditions have lessened temporarily, the two new permanent water conservation laws that have gone into effect mean that the allotment to each citizen is going to be reduced substantially over the next two years. This makes it imperative that all Residents of the Village adopt wiser water-consumption habits now. Village Residents can work collectively to reduce water use and save money by adopting simple changes.
- Fix kitchen, bathroom and laundry area leaks to save 110 gallons per month.
- Look for worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves (particularly toilets).
- Install low-flow showerheads and high-efficiency toilets. HE toilets save 19 gallons per person per day.
- While running the tap and waiting for the water to heat up, capture the cool water to use later (cooking or plant watering) to save two or more gallons per minute.
- Turn off taps when not using water, even momentarily, especially when brushing teeth or shaving, to save 10 gallons per day.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly; discard unwanted food in the garbage.
- Take five-minute showers instead of 10-minute showers to save 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Use energy- and water-efficient dishwashers and washing machines. Run these appliances with full loads during off-peak hours.
- Use a car wash that recycles wash water.
- Do not hose or wash down hard-paved surfaces (driveways, patios and sidewalks).
- Use a hose with an automatic nozzle shutoff, and only water your plants between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Refrain from watering the common area landscape altogether.
- Install aerators to save 1.2 gallons per day.
By being aware of our consumption habits, we can save water and help ensure there is enough now and for future generations.
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