Revised Drought Restrictions in California
Get ready for a dry summer, California. The state has issued a new set of drought restrictions, including the first-ever mandatory regulations in state history. Specifically, California must reduce its municipal water consumption by 25%, among other measures. For a complete list of regulations and provisions, please visit California's government website.
The California drought has been ongoing since 2012, but an unprecedentedly low snowpack this last winter - 5% of the average - has prompted increased water conservation efforts by the state government.
With no end in sight, the drought has made it more important than ever to conserve water. Below are some tips on how to conserve this natural resource as well as save on utilities, the cost of which may soon rise.
Fix household leaks. Leaks are hugely wasteful, wasting thousands of gallons of water per year per household. To do your part combatting the drought, make sure your leaks are fixed by a trained, licensed plumber. If you suspect a toilet leak, use the Food Coloring Test to make sure. Remove the tank lid, put in a few drops of red food coloring (or other dark food coloring), and then replace the tank lid. Wait 20 minutes, then check the bowl. If food coloring has seeped into the bowl, then you have a leak. Also check around the base of the toilet for water. These are surefire signs that you have a leak.
Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine. This will increase energy and water efficiency.
Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth. This is a habit all-too familiar to us. But, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed helps save an estimated 8 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA. That’s more than 200 gallons a month!
Install a point of use water heater near your kitchen sink. This will prevent you from running the water while it heats up. Please see our tankless water heater installation page for details on how to reduce energy costs with a tankless water heater.
Use the garbage disposal sparingly. The garbage disposal requires gallons of water to run properly. Also, if the disposal is leaking, be sure to fix it as soon as possible.
To help you save water, SERVIZ offers a Drought Home Tune-Up. With a tune-up, an insured Plumber will inspect your home's plumbing system and make water-saving adjustments as needed. The services include:
- adding faucet aerators
- installing low-flow shower heads (customer supplied)
- dual flush toilet installation (customer supplied)
- installing localized on-demand water heaters
The technician will also offer additional water conservation tips as part of the tune up. While recommendations for every home is different, we find that many of these drought saving improvements are inexpensive to make and can save thousands of gallons of water a year.
To book a Drought Home Tune-Up, call (844) 473-7849. Same-day bookings available.