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Are you being smart with your water? If you have been living in California for some time you realize why we ask. At the end of January, Gov. Jerry Brown called a drought emergency and asked Californians to cut their water use by at a minimum of 20 percent to help make up for the lack of rain the past few years. This should be nothing new to residents, however, many are still unaware about what to do to contribute.
Most experts agree that saving 20 percent is not very difficult. By fixing leaky faucets, showers and toilets, and reducing lawn irrigation there should be no excuse not to be able to conserve water.
More than 50 percent of residential water is used outdoors, and most residents do not know when enough is enough. According to the Association of California Water Agencies, each year a typical lawn consumes about 57 inches of rain. Though since we are in a drought this statistic seems to fall every year.
Most sprinkler systems can help make up the difference for our water overuse. Even hosing our land outside to clear up excess dirt, leaves and trash should come to a hault. In conjunction with these practices, our overall water use in the average California home is 192 gallons of water a day. Obviously a change will do everyone some good, and here are some expert tips you can follow to help conserve water:
Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes to help save about 50 gallons per week.
Check sprinkler systems for leaks, overspray and damages to save up to 500 gallons a month.
Plant only low-water use plants to maintain a healthy landscape.
Spend no more than 5 minutes in the shower, and shut the water off while brushing teeth or shaving.
Fix leaky faucets and toilets, one drip every second builds up to five gallons of wasted water a day.
Replace pre-1990s toilets with a new, high-efficiency model that saves up to 38 gallons a day per toilet.
Now that you are ready to save California some water, get a technician to inspect your pump system to maintain consistent operation. Our pump repair team can help diagnose and correct pump system problems. Count on PumpMan Socal to help you address leaks, cracks and damages troubling your home’s pump system. Call now and set up an appointment for inspection.