There are many ways you can conserve water and save money. Many local water utilities offer free or reduced cost water conservation measures, such as high efficiency toilet rebates and tips on drought tolerant landscaping. There are also many simple changes you can make at home using the tips below.

Check out these comprehensive videos from the California Urban Water Conservation Council:

In the Laundry Room

  • Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

In the Kitchen

  • Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.
  • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

In the Bathroom

  • Install low-flow shower heads. Save: 2.5 Gallons
  • Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers.
  • Fill the bathtub halfway or less. Save: 12 Gallons
  • Install aerators on bathroom faucets. Save: 1.2 Gallons Per Person/Day
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving. Save: Approximately 10 Gallons/Day
  • Install a high-efficiency toilet. Save: 19 Gallons Per Person/Day Read more about toilets.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
  • Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.


  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.   Save: 25  gallons/each time you water.
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Save: 15-12 gallons/each time you water.
  • Choose a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Save: 15 gallons/each time you water.
  • Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. Save: 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Save: 30- 60 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.


Adapted from the State Department of Water Resources.