In the garden

  • Whenever possible, plant only native or low-water and drought-resistant plants.
  • Limit the amount of area devoted to your lawn. Lawns need great quantities of water, particularly in the summer.
  • Wait until fall or winter to install a new garden. New plantings require more water than established growth.
  • Keep low-water plants away from “thirsty” plants. Mediterranean-zone plants can suffer if they are over watered as you care for their neighbors.
  • Keep shade plants in the shade. This will help prevent them from drying out.
  • Place water-loving plants at the bottom of slopes, where they will benefit from water runoff.
  • Include mulch around shrubs and plants to help reduce evaporation, limit weed growth, moderate soil temperature, and prevent erosion.
  • When it’s time to water, do it at dawn or dusk to reduce evaporation.
  • Check your sprinkler system regularly. A sprinkler system can waste water if sprinkler heads are broken, automatic timers are not adjusted for rain, or hidden leaks are not detected.
  • A garden hose can use 10 gallons of water per minute. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, walkways, and driveways. When you do need the hose, use a nozzle to increase pressure and decrease water usage.
  • Replace mulch around shrubs and plants at least once per year and remove weeds as needed


In your home

Do you have a leaky faucet? A little drip may not seem like much, but a faucet that drips just five times a minute may be wasting more than 200 gallons of water a year.

Is your toilet a water hog? Replacing an old 3½- To 8-gallon-per-flush toilet with a new 1.28-gallon-per-flush (or less) high-efficiency model could save thousands of gallons per year. If you are thinking of replacing a toilet, rebates may be available.

Do you leave the faucet running when you brush your teeth? Turn it off to save 70 gallons per month or more. You can also install water-saving faucet aerators to further reduce your faucet water use.

Do you like long showers? Even if you already have a high-efficiency showerhead, every minute you shorten your shower can save up to 75 gallons per month.

Do you have an old washing machine? A high-efficiency clothes washer may use half the water and energy that a traditional washer uses. And don’t forget to only run full loads (in your dishwasher, too). If you are thinking of replacing an inefficient washing machine, rebates may be available.

Conservation kits (including high-efficiency shower heads, shut-off hose nozzles, leak detection dye tablets, and more) can be ordered online.


Rebates on qualified purchases of high-efficiency toilets and washing machines as well as other programs may be available.


Have a dirty car? Use a bucket of water instead of a hose to wash your car. Even better, take your car to a car wash that recycles its water.


Mandatory Water Conservation Measures:

The following mandatory conservation measures are effective immediately:
--Limit all outdoor landscape irrigation to 3 days per week.
--Irrigate between 6:00 pm and 8:00 am.
--Limit watering to 15 minutes or less per station, unless served by a low flow irrigation system.
--A hand-held bucket or hose with positive shut-off nozzle is required to water areas not served by an automatic irrigation system.
--Repair all water leaks within 48 hours
--Prohibit operation of all fountains, ponds and water features, except where water is recirculated or required to sustain aquatic life.
--Prohibit washing of decks, paved areas, patios, driveways and sidewalks, and run-off or water flows into roadways or non-targeted areas, except as necessary for immediate fire, health or safety needs.
--Prohibit washing of cars, trucks, vehicles boats and other mobile equipment, unless a hand-held bucket or hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or a commercial recycling car wash is used.
These measures will be in effect until further notice.


Water Conservation Tips

Try these tips below. You can find more good ideas on water conservation at SaveourH2O.org, eartheasy.com, wateruseitwisely.com, epa.gov/watersense, etc.

Del Dios Mutual

Water Company