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WATER CONSERVATION

Water is earth’s most precious resource.  And with the Morongo Basin's desert climate, unpredictable rainfall, and growing population, we cannot take our water supply for granted. We must use water wisely to ensure we have an adequate, high-quality water supply, both now and in the future.  Not only do conservation efforts help save this precious resource, they can also help reduce water bills. It’s a win-win situation. Conserving water is easy to do.  From our end, the District tries to reduce water loss through water distribution system leaks by maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure regularly.

Visit our conservation links to learn easy ways to conserve water, both indoors and out, and get other conservation information.

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  1. Take shorter showers. A one- or two-minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons a month. Also, consider installing low-flow showerheads that can save 500 to 800 gallons a month.

  2. If you don't already have an Ultra Low-Flush toilet, put one in. Older toilets can use up to seven gallons per flush. The ULF toilets, using only 1.6 gallons or less per flush, can save your household up to 20 percent on total indoor water consumption for a family of four.  Also avoid toilet water waste.  Do not use it as a trash disposal.

  3. Capture what you can. While waiting for hot water to reach your tap, catch the flow in a watering can to use later around the house or garden. This activity, which requires very little effort, saves 200 to 300 gallons a month.

  4. While brushing your teeth, doing dishes by hand, shaving or washing the car, don't let the water run freely from the hose or faucet. Hundreds of gallons a month can be saved.

  5. Do not over-water plants and landscape.  Water your landscape only when it needs it. If you have a lawn, step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. Accordingly, set your sprinklers for more days in between watering. This saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month. For best results, try morning watering when evaporation loss is at a minimum.  Be sure to adjust your sprinklers to avoid water runoff into streets and gutters.  This saves 500 gallons a month.  In times of drought, water with a hose.

  6. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Savings of 20 gallons a day for every leak stopped will be achieved.

  7. When washing dishes and clothes, run only full loads. Between 300 and 800 gallons a month in savings.

  8. Avoid washing down paved areas.  Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. This effort saves 150 gallons or more each time.

  9. When washing the car use a bucket of water.  Use the hose only to rinse.

  10. Create your own water-wise landscape.  By following the basic principles of water-wise landscaping, you will arrive at beautiful landscape solutions that work in the Southern California climate.

 

While you're carefully watching your water usage, it's important to make sure that water is not slipping away due to undetected leaks in your system.  Here's a simple procedure that can tell you if you have a leak and how much water you're losing.

  1. Locate your water meter.  It is usually located near the street in front of your home.

  2. Read the meter twice - first at night after the day's water use has ended, and again in the morning before any water is used. 

  3. Subtract the first number from the second reading to tell how much water (if any) leaked out overnight.

  4. If you suspect a leak, your pipes and connections should be checked and repaired quickly.

The toilet is a common source of unnoticed leaks.  Undetected, hundreds of gallons of water can be wasted each day.  Often leaks occur when the toilet is out of adjustment or parts are worn.  Listening carefully for the sound of running water is a good way to detect a possible leak.  Food coloring or a dye tablet added to the tank will also reveal water leaking into the toilet bowl.  Drop it in the tank and don't flush.  If the water in the bowl turns color, you have a leak.

If you suspect a leak on your property and need assistance in determining its location, please contact the District.

 

More than 10% of all water used in the home is used in the washing machine.  An automatic clothes washer, at full cycle and highest water level, uses 30-35 gallons of water.  The dishwasher is also a potential heavy user, requiring 25 gallons for a full cycle.  Dishwashing with the tap running takes five gallons per minute - approximately 30 gallons per average washing.

 

Tips for saving water in your kitchen and laundry:

  • Instead of running water continuously, fill wash and rinse basins with water.

  • Run only full loads in the dishwasher.  Avoid using the extra cycle.

  • Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly, using a garbage can for most kitchen waste.

  • Wash only full loads of clothes on the short cycle in your washing machine.

  • Check faucets and hose connections for leaks.  Repair or replace whenever necessary.

Swimming Pool Tip

If you have a pool or spa, cover it.  Evaporation can cause an average pool to lose 1,000 gallons of water a month.  That's enough drinking water for a family of four for a year and a half!