Everywhere, the issue of water conservation is becoming more important. For example, the average Los Angeles resident uses 155 gallons of water per day, which adds up to 215 billion gallons of water used annually in Los Angeles alone. This is not sustainable!
The national average daily water use is 80-100 gallons, most of which comes from flushing the toilet and showering. These numbers tell us loud and clear that we can all do more to conserve one of our most vital resources!
Because LA is a desert city that gets all of its water from other regions, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is extra conscious of promoting conservation. LADWP offers these water conservation tips that can be applied anywhere:
- Install a water saving showerhead LA residents can get one for free by calling 1-800-U-ASK-DWP
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
- Use your dishwasher for full loads only
- Use your clothes washing machine for full loads only
- Don’t leave tap water running
- Consider native and drought-tolerant plants and grasses
- Do not allow the hose to run as you wash your car
- Water your lawn deeply and less frequently
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening
- Change lawn and plant watering schedule seasonally
- Use a broom instead of a hose
These habits are just the bare minimum we can do to conserve water! Do you have any other tips for minimizing water use?