Conservation
WATER CONSERVATION TIPS AND PROGRAMS:

Orange County Water District is dedicated to the creation, promotion and management of water conservation and water education programs throughout Orange County.
 
For Conservation At Home Water Tips


OCWD Water Use Efficiency Program Links: 

Hotel/Motel Conservation Program 

Water Efficiency Rebate Programs in Orange County

Water Conservation Tips
(Additional tips may be found at 
California Water Awareness Campaign)

With future Orange County population increases, likely cut backs in water supplies from outside sources, and the threat of seawater and industrial contamination to groundwater, it is important that everyone in Orange County make a conscientious effort to use our water as efficiently as possible. The following water conservation tips should be incorporated into positive, water-use lifestyle changes. We owe it to our children to show them how to conserve so that, as the demand for water continues to increase, they will be able to enjoy future water supplies.

Water Conserving Hardware
Install aerators in your faucets, and use high pressure showers and ultra low flush toilets throughout your home. Aerators are available at your local hardware store. On October 1, 1999, all Orange County residents became eligible to participate in Municipal Water District of Orange County's (MWDOC) Regional Ultra Low-Flush Toilet (ULFT) Program. With hardware improvements, your family can save 70,000 gallons of water every year, which translates to a savings of about $200 a year on your water bill. For more information, call MWDOC at (714) 963-3058.

Smart Irrigation and Landscaping Strategies
•Water your lawns early in the morning before sunrise or in the evenings after sunset. This  will maximize water absorption into the soil and minimize loss due to evaporation.
•Water your lawn only when needed. Most plants do not need to be watered every day and excess watering not only wastes water, but can harm plants.
•Make sure your sprinklers are leak-proof and not aimed on sidewalks, streets or driveways. For technical information on proper irrigation and landscaping, call toll free to (877) 728-2282.
•Landscape your yard and garden with Mediterranean-climate or California Friendly® plants from your local nursery as they do not require much water.
•Set mower blades 2" to 3" and keep them sharp.
•Use a trigger or automatic shut-off nozzle on your garden hose.
•Use mulch around trees and plants.
•Shut off your sprinklers after a rain.
•Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to water trees, shrubs, and flower beds. Save the slow delivery sprinklers for the lawn.
•Integrate rocks, bricks, gravel and decks into your landscaping.

In the Bathroom
•Take five-minute or less showers, and draw less water for baths.
•Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
•Check for and fix "silent" leaks in toilets or plumbing fixtures. 

In the Kitchen or Laundry
•Only wash laundry with full loads.
•Use a bowl or fill up the sink to clean vegetables.
•Use your garbage disposal sparingly.
•Don’t thaw food with hot water; instead use a microwave.
•If you pre-clean dishes, fill the sink up instead of running the water.
•Keep a gallon of cold water in the refrigerator rather than running the tap for cold water.
•Consider installing an instant water heater on your sinks far from the main water heater.
•Insulate your pipes to save heating costs.

Outdoors
•Wash the car with a bucket instead of the hose.
•Use a broom instead of water to clean your sidewalks and driveways.
•Cover your spa or swimming pool.

Community
•Support local businesses that practice conservation. For example, commercial car washes that recycle their water; businesses that use recycled water in fountains; restaurants that serve water only on request and hotels that give you the option of using your linens for a second night’s stay.
•Ask your teachers or school administrators if they teach water conservation.
•Watch for and report broken, poorly timed or misaligned sprinklers around the city or along the highway.

For additional tips, visit the California Water Awareness campaign at www.wateraware.org