This year was one of California’s most severe droughts on record!

Check for problem areas: Most water districts have water assessments to see how much water you currently using and suggests ways to reduce your water usage. They will review your water usage, provide faucet aerators and high efficiency shower-heads if needed.

Reduce time from your routine: An important strategy for conserving water is behavior change. Make sure to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or lathering your hands. Cut five minutes off your shower time and turn the water off while you soap up or shave. Installing faucet aerators and high efficiency shower-heads in the kitchen and bathrooms is an inexpensive way to save water.

Wait for full washing loads: don’t run your dishwasher until you have a full load!  Same for laundry. Always wash full loads of laundry even if your machine has an adjustable load size setting. Wash your clothes in cold water to save on energy usage. High efficiency washers can save water and energy up to 40%!

Replace your lawn with drought resistant plants: Drought resistant plants can be a beautiful and smart way to save on outdoor water usage. Several water districts –  including Sonoma County provide rebates for replacing your lawn with landscapes that require much less water to maintain.