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Water Conservation Tips


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General Tips

  • Fix those leaks! Leaks send water and money down the drain. To help detect hidden leaks, turn off anything that uses water and see if your water meter is still moving. If it is, there could be a leak somewhere.
  • For assistance on becoming more water efficient, sign up for a free Water-Wise House Call by calling (800) 548-1882, or (408) 279-7900 for San Jose Water Company customers.

Indoor Tips

  • Install water-efficient devices such as high-efficiency toilets, high-efficiency clothes washing machines, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • The Santa Clara Water Valley District currently has rebates for many of these devices; call (408) 630-2554 for more information.
  • Only run your washing machine or dishwasher with full loads.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving.

Outdoor Tips

  • Water your lawn only when needed, generally once every three days during the summer. Check sprinkler timers and reduce watering times if necessary.
  • Adjust your watering schedule for each season. In fall, unless it’s very hot outside, you can reduce your watering time by half. By December, you can turn off your irrigation system completely.
  • Check sprinkler heads, valves and drip emitters once a month. Make sure heads are aimed correctly (no matter how much you water it, concrete will not grow).
  • Water in the early morning. Many irrigation experts feel the best time to water is between midnight and 6 a.m. because evaporation is kept to a minimum.
  • Apply a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss and keep weeds down.
  • Ask your local nursery for advice on less thirsty plants. Water wise plants can be beautiful as well as practical.
  • Use a broom to sweep pavement. Using the hose to wash down sidewalks, driveways, and patios wastes water and money.
  • Use a spray nozzle with a shutoff handle on your hose so water doesn’t flow continuously.

SCVWD is an EPA Water Efficiency Leader award winner