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Top 10 Drought Tips

The California drought is making us all rethink our water habits. As our rivers, lakes and reservoirs recede before our very eyes, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to save water. Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to save this precious natural resource that require little or no monetary investment.

Try these 10 Water Saving Tips to save water in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, pool area and lawn. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can save up to 28,000 gallons a year.

A point-of-use tankless water heater can save thousands of gallons of water by cutting down on "warm up" time.
Savings: 1,000s gallons
Use a low flow showerhead to save 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower.
Savings: Over 5,000 gallons / year
Upgrade to a high-efficiency WaterSense® toilet and save 1,200 gallons of water a year.
Savings: Up to 1,200 gallons / year
Install low flow aerators on your faucets and cut your water usage by 40%!
Savings: Up to 40%
Save 5,000 gallons of water a year by using Energy Star dishwashers rather than washing dishes by hand.
Savings: 5,000 gallons / year
Fix leaks under your home, in your kitchen, and in your bathroom to save up to 2,500 gallons.
Savings: Up to 2,500 gallons / year
When doing laundry, make sure you match the settings on your machine to match the size of the load to save 1,300 gallons a year.
Savings: Up to 1,300 gallons / year
Use a sponge and a bucket to wash your car rather than a running hose.
Savings: Average 840 gallons / year
Replace your lawn's grass with drought resistant plants. Check to see if you are eligible for rebates at dwp.lacounty.gov and sandiego.gov
Savings: 2,500 gallons / year
Install a pool cover to prevent losing as much as a quarter inch of water a day to evaporation.
Savings: 8,000 gallons / year
The water usage data was sourced from the California State Water Resources Control Board dated May 5, 2015, which can be found here (WRCB Report). The SERVIZ Ranking and the SERVIZ Grade are based on the average water usage per resident per day in the South Coast Hydrologic Region as shown in the WRCB Report. The SERVIZ Ranking is just a straight numerical ranking, with the city with the lowest average water usage per resident per day being ranked #1. The SERVIZ Grade is calculated as follows: the top 20% of the cities were given an A (meaning those cities had the lowest average water usage per resident per day), a B for cities between 40% and 20%, a C for cities between 60% and 40%, a D for cities between 80% and 60% and an F for cities 20% or below. The information contained in the infographic is for general information purposes only. While the infographic is provided by SERVIZ, SERVIZ makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or accuracy of the data provided by The California State Water Resources Control Board.