Save water and money with these drought-conscious tips

May 25, 2021

Most areas in California, including the Bay Area, are currently experiencing drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. As we enter summer, water consciousness is as important as ever. Review these tips to avoid water waste and protect our local water supply.

  1. Limit Irrigation: Only irrigate during the early morning and evening hours to reduce evaporation.
  2. Identify and Fix Leaks: Review your utility bill for spikes in water usage, which may indicate a leak. Fixing leaky toilets, faucets, and showerheads can help households save an average of 110 gallons of water each month, according to Save Our Water
  3. Wash Full Loads of Clothes and Dishes: Waiting to run your washing machine and dishwasher until it is fully loaded can save 15 to 45 gallons per load of clothes, and 5 to 15 gallons per load of dishes.
  4. Take Shorter Showers: Save an estimated 12.5 gallons per shower when you keep your shower under five minutes. Keep track of time by creating a five-minute shower playlist or using a timer.
  5. Use a Broom to Clean Outdoor Areas: Sweep your balcony, driveway, or porch with a broom instead of using a hose and save 8 to 18 gallons every minute. Sweeping your driveway can also stop harmful chemicals from entering our storm drains and polluting our waterways.

For more tips on saving water, visit To take advantage of the City’s water conservation rebate programs, like the lawn conversion rebate program and the rain barrel rebate program, visit