Water Conservation Tips

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

Adjust your sprinklers to water between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. when evaporation rates and winds are the least. This assures that the water that you intend for irrigation is used by the plants.

Install a weather-based irrigation controller.  Register for our weather-based irrigation controller class at scvh2oprograms.com, and go home with a free controller to install at your property in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Replace your turf with Santa Clarita-friendly plants. Stop by CLWA to pick up a copy of our Santa Clarita Valley Colorful Landscapes for Water Conservation booklet.

Aerate your lawn to reduce runoff of water. Most soils in the Santa Clarita Valley are clay, which means it takes a long time to absorb water. Aeration can be a major help to clay soil.

Mulch around your shrubs and garden plants. Mulching adds organic material to the soil as the mulch breaks down, and it lessens evaporation.

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Indoor Water Saving Tips

Install high-efficiency toilets in your home. Water retailers in the Santa Clarita Valley currently offer an $80 rebate through CLWA for high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush).

Fix your leaks. To test for leaks, read your water meter, write down the number, and then wait two hours during a period when no water is used. The number on the meter should not have changed. If it has moved substantially, you have a leak.

Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. Although dishwashers on their own use an average of only 12 gallons per use, running multiple loads per day that are half-full will quickly add up. Wash only full loads.

Use low-flow showerheads. Rather than 2.5 gallons per minute, try a showerhead with 2.0 gallons per minute. You’ll probably not even notice the difference!

Use a high-efficiency washing machine. Rebates may be available through your local water retailer, gas company, or hardware store. Shop around for the best price.

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