What are you doing to reduce your water usage? For California tenants and property owners that are facing one of the most severe drought seasons of all, due to dangerously low reservoirs, California’s Department of Water Resources is urging you to conserve water by 20 percent.
In fact, this May California’s Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will be promoting conservation of water through various events, including Oroville’s Feather Fiesta Days (5/10) and the City of Corona’s Garden Festival (5/17). Here are some simple ways you can help conserve water in your home or apartment:
Fix Leaky Pipes
According to Save Our Water’s Quick Facts, California has the 15th highest per capita water consumption in the nation. Information shows that the average California household uses between 150,000 and 325,900 gallons of water per each. This means that they’re using 410 and 892 gallons per day!
The Environmental Protection Agency found that 10 percent of homes lose 90 gallons or more of water from leaks alone. It advisable that you, or your maintenance team, regularly check for leaks by examining your winter water usage.
If you detect leaks in your pipes, faucets, showerheads, toilets or sprinklers please repair them as soon as possible. You can do this by replacing worn washers and gaskets, toilet flappers, spigots, or by replacing the existing fixture entirely with a model that features low-flow technology.
If you, or your landlord, are willing and able to make a bigger investment in California’s water conservation efforts, you can install low-flow or high-efficiency toilets, showerheads and faucets. These fixtures will immediately provide you with water savings!
If you reside in a home that has a lawn, the following information may be of some importance to you. Many cities throughout California have posted strict regulations on the use of lawn irrigation. In fact, some cities have gone so far as to ban the use of irrigation entirely.
California recommends replacing some of your lawn with water-wise plants and flowers as well as updating your sprinkler system with a drip-irrigation smart controller. It’s also advisable to use leaf blowers or brooms to clean your driveways rather than hosing them down.
Want More Ideas?
For more ideas on how you – whether you’re a tenant or property owner – can conserve water in your rental, please feel free to contact Proedge Property Management at (831) 438-3343. As Californian’s ourselves, we want to do everything we can to ensure the state is sustainable for future generations.