USING WATER WISELY
California is now experiencing a serious drought. We can't afford to waste any water.
Conserving water is easier than you might think! Making small adjustments can have a big impact. Visit Water Use it Wisely to find nearly 200 water-saving tips for indoors, outdoors, at the office, and even some ideas to get your kids involved!
MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS NOW IN EFFECT
Due to the ongoing drought conditions in the state of California, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has issued Emergency Order 2014-0718-01E, which mandates water suppliers enact certain water restrictions. On January 27, 2015, as directed by the SWRCB, the Hemet City Council approved Resolution Number 15-004 activating Phase 2 of the City's Water Conservation Plan, which implements a water use reduction program to achieve a 25% reduction in overall water use. The ordinance became effective immediately.
Here is a summary of the restrictions that are now in place:
- No customer shall cause or permit any water to run to waste.
- Irrigation of ornamental landscaping and turf with potable water is limited to no more than two days per week.
- Landscape watering is prohibited between 6:00am and 6:00pm except for performing regular maintenance checks and repairs.
- No water shall be allowed to run off landscaped areas or supersaturate these areas.
- Additional water shall not be allowed for new landscaping or expansion of existing facilities unless low water use landscape designs and efficient irrigation systems are used.
- No water shall be used to hose or wash sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces.
- Hoses used for any purpose shall be equipped with a positive shutoff device.
- Water leaks must be repaired as soon as discovered, and shall not be allowed to continue.
- Car washing is prohibited except with a bucket or container not exceeding a three-gallon capacity. Hoses for rinsing must be equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle.
- No water shall be used to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, and similar structures unless such structure is equipped with a water recycling system.
- Restaurants, cafes, cafeterias or other public places were food is sold shall serve water to customers only upon request.
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10 WAYS TO SAVE WATER OUTDOORS
- Water your lawn only when needed. Step on the grass. If it springs back when you take your foot off, it doesn't need water.
- Deep soak your lawn. When you do water your lawn, water it just long enough to seep down to the roots where it is needed. A light sprinkling, which sits on the surface, will evaporate and be wasted.
- Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.
- Don't water the gutter or sidewalks. Position your sprinklers so water lands on your lawn or garden, not on concrete or other paved areas. Also, avoid watering on windy days.
- Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with little water in our semi-arid region.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Don't run the hose while washing your car. Soap down the car from a pail of soapy water. Use hose only to rinse it off.
- Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers.
- Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. Leaks outside the house can be extremely wasteful, especially when they occur in your main water line. To check for hidden leaks in your pipes, shut off all faucets and taps around the house for 15 minutes. If the water meter shows some movement during that time, you have a leak.
5 WAYS TO SAVE WATER IN THE KITCHEN & LAUNDRY ROOM
1. Use your automatic dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.
2. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables, instead rinse them in a sink full of clean water.
3. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
4. If you wash the dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather your washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them quickly with a spray device or pan of water.
5. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
8 WAYS TO SAVE WATER IN THE BATHROOM
- Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the coloring begins to appear in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a wasteful leak that should be repaired at once.
- Stop using your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
- Take shorter showers. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off.
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Your hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive shower heads and flow restrictors that are easy to install and still give you cleansing, refreshing showers.
- Take baths. A partial filled tub uses less than all but the shortest showers.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth.
- Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water in which to rinse your razor.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks.