This summer, Californians are facing an abnormally dry climate following less-than-average rainfall earlier in the year 1. While the average household tends to use more water in the summer months 2, Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company encourages shareholders to save water (and money) this summer by following the below conversation tips from 3
Water Plants Wisely
Increases in household water consumption during summertime is mostly due to outdoor water usage.4 Follow the below tips to save water while watering yards and plants.
- Save gallons of water each month by recycling indoor water (from dehumidifiers or air conditioning condensers, for example) and use it for plants.
- Save 15 gallons each time you water by installing a drip irrigation and a smart sprinkler controller.
- Adjust sprinkler heads and fix leaks to save 12–15 gallons each time you water. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!
Correctly Clean and Do Yard Work
Remember the tips below to conserve water as you clean off your sidewalks or driveways and as you mow your lawn this summer.
- Save 8–18 gallons/minute by using a broom (rather than a hose) to clean outdoor areas.
- Saves 16–50 gallons per day by setting your mower blades to 3”, encouraging deeper roots and reducing your lawn’s water needs.
Reconsider Your Shower/Bath Routine
Whether rinsing off after a trip to the beach or cooling off during warm summer weather, keep the below tips in mind as you shower or bathe:
- Save 12.5 gallons per shower by taking only 5-minute showers with a water-efficient showerhead.
- Save 12 gallons per bath by filling the bathtub halfway or less.
For more information on these summertime water conservation tips and for additional details on how to save water year-round, please visit the State of California Save Our Water website.