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Water-Wise Tip: Put a timer in your shower

Shorter showers save water.
Shorter showers save water. Big Stock Photo

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

▪  Put a time limit on your shower.

Shorter showers save water. Depending on your shower head, you’ll save 2 to 2.5 gallons for every minute you shave off your shower time.

Water agency officials recommend cutting showers to five minutes or less. But how do you know when five minutes is up? Put a timer in the shower; low-tech mini-hourglass styles are available from some local water districts. Or set an alarm outside the shower; kitchen timers with a loud bell or buzzer work fine for this. Or create a 5-minute play list that you can listen to while the water is running. When the music stops, shut off the tap.

For more tips, visit www.bewatersmart.info/. For the latest news and information on the California drought, click on: sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/

Debbie Arrington