Outdoor Water Saving Tips

The average Californian uses 196 gallons of water per day and 30-60% of their water is outdoor use. Here are some easy outdoor tips to reduce water use.

No Cost, Easy to Do

  • Adjust your irrigation schedule throughout the year, cut your irrigation to a third in the fall and turn off during most winters— 20+ gallons/day*
    • Do not water yards during and within 48 hours after rainfall.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks or other hard surfaces – 8 to 18 gallons/minute
  • Cover pools and spas when not in use.

No or Low Cost, More Effort Required

  • Use hoses with a shut off nozzle.
  • Apply 2″ to 3″ of mulch around trees and plants to reduce moisture loss—20 to 30 gallons/day
  • Adjust sprinklers to prevent overspray and runoff—12 to 15 gallons/day
    • Don’t allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway or sidewalk.
  • Repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads—10 gallons/minute

Higher Cost, Most Effort Required

  • Replace lawn with a water-wise garden—30 to 60 gallons/day/1,000 square feet*
  • Install drip irrigation for trees, shrubs, and plants—15 gallons/day
  • Update to a weather based irrigation controller that automatically adjusts watering times based on local weather conditions— 24+ gallons/day**
  • Install a graywater laundry-to-landscape system—17 gallons/day*
  • Install covers on pool and spas to reduce evaporation— 30 gallons/day
  • Repair pool leaks—can be over 200 gallons/day

Learn About Lawn Care During a Drought. More info
* Rebates may be available. More info

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