Water Conservation Improves Locally

If there’s a will, there’s a way.  The State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday that residential water use statewide dropped 29% during the month of May compared to usage in 2013.  In the Central Basin service area, cities and purveyors saved an average of 20%, with some retailers and purveyors saving over 25% and up to 35%!

The cut in water usage is a result of the aggressive efforts to change behavior and more broadly, change lifestyles.  While these cutbacks illustrate that Californians are doing much more than incremental changes, the drought is still pervasively affecting the state’s water supplies.

Let’s keep up this head start, here are a few tips:


  • Install a high-efficiency toilet – save 19 gallons per flush
  • Use a high – efficiency washer with full loads only – save 15-45 gallons per load
  • Install aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks – save 1.2 gallons per person/day
  • Fix leaky pipes – save 90+ gallons per day
  • In the shower, turn off water when washing hair and body – save 150 gallons per month


  • Remove grass and replace with drought tolerant plants – save 30-60 gallons per month
  • Use a broom to clean outside – save 8-18 gallons per minute
  • Install a rotating nozzle – save 5 gallons per head
  • Install a weather based irrigation controller – save 24 gallons per day
  • Use a shut-off nozzle when washing cars – save 70 gallons per wash

If we all apply these tips, we can reach our water savings goals.  For information on rebates, visit www.socalwatersmart.com and for information on local programs, our Conservation page.