Ways to save waterLoading
  • RB Low Water Yard
    Replace your lawn with native plants and a drip irrigation system.
    Randall Benton | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
    Aquamatic Cover Systems
  • Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes.
    OWEN BREWER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Mulch around landscaping.
    Renee C. Byer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • RB Sprinkler
    Water plants after dark or before dawn; water less often but deeper.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • Don’t wash down driveways or sidewalks; use a broom instead.
    Kim D. Johnson | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • RB Sprinkler
    Fix leaky faucets and sprinkler systems.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
    Purchase water-efficient appliances.
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    Turn off water at the sink while brushing teeth, shaving and washing up.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Take shorter showers, and install low-flow shower heads and toilets.
  • Repair that leaking toilet. A leaky one can waste between 30 to 50 gallons every day.
    Autumn Cruz | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Instead of washing fruits and vegetables under the faucet, rinse them in the sink or a water-filled pan. A running faucet can waste up to four gallons every minute.
    Moen(R) Incorporated
  • Instead of flushing food scraps down the sink disposal, put them in the garbage can or compost pile. A sink disposal can drink up to 4.5 gallons of water every minute.
    Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Instead of running hot water over frozen food, defrost it in the fridge or a microwave.
California appears headed for a third straight dry winter. Here are some tips anyone can adopt to save water.
Source: Association of California Water Agencies, http://www.saveourh2o.org; Sacramento Department of Utilities
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