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City of Perris

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

California is in the midst of a water crisis. It's not just a drought—it's a crisis caused by a combination of years of dry winters, the depletion of reservoirs, and new water policies in the Sacramento Delta.

  • What You Can Do to Conserve

    Curb Outdoor Watering
    Over 50% of household water is used outdoors. There are several ways to curb outdoor water use:

    • Adjust outdoor sprinklers to prevent run-off.
    • Water less often; most lawns can get by when watered just 3 times per week.
    • Replace turf grass with native plant or drought-tolerant species.
    • Invest in microsprayers, drip irrigation, and a weather-based timer. Any, or all, of these devices will help you reduce outdoor watering.
    • Mulch outdoor plants to reduce evaporation. Use organic mulch to reduce soil compaction.
    • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outdoor sidewalks.

    Invest in Low-Water Use Appliances and Plumbing Fixtures

    • Newer, high efficency washing machines save both water and power
    • Newer dishwashers are also more water and energy-efficient
    • Low-flush toilets and dual-flush toilets are much more efficient than older models
    • Use a flow-restricting shower-head
    • Fix leaky faucets

    Change Some Habits

    • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing your face.
    • Shorten your showers to 5 minutes or less.
    • Use the dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes.
    • Only run the dishwasher when it's full; or use a half-load setting (if your washer has one).
    • Use bath-towels and face-cloths more than once before washing.
    • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Tips and Information

    For more conservation tips and information, see these websites:

    • www.bewaterwise.com
      This site, sponsored by the Family of Southern California Water Agencies, features tips on saving water and water-wise landscaping.
      - Watering Calculator
    • www.epa.gov/watersense
      This site is for WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people simple ways to use less water.
    • www.h2ouse.org
      This web site provides a virtual tour of a dedicated conservation home. You can see water saving tips room-by-room by taking the Virtual Home Tour: www.h2ouse.org/tour/. Or see the top five actions you can take to start saving water immediately: www.h2ouse.org/action
    • www.saveourh2o.org
      Save Our Water has tools, tips, and videos to help you save water.
  • Visit Local Demonstration Gardens

    Here is a list of local water-conserving demonstration gardens.