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Kids Water Conservation Corner

Water Saving Tips

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Ways to Save Water Indoors

  • Check all faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks.
  • Install water saving showerheads and ultra-low-flush toilets.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator.
  • Rinse vegetables in a full sink or pan of water.
  • Fully load your dishwasher.
  • Rinse dishes in a full sink or pan of water.
  • Wash full loads of clothes.

Ways to Save Water Outdoors

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  • Don't over-water landscaping.
  • Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in evening.
  • Adjust sprinklers so that they don't water the sidewalk or street.
  • Don't water on cool, rainy or windy days.
  • Equip all hoses with shut-off nozzles.
  • Use drip irrigation systems.
  • Plant drought-tolerant or low water-use plants and grasses.
  • Use shrubs and ground cover to reduce the amount of grass.
  • Place mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and discourage weeds.
  • Set your mower blades one notch higher, since longer grass means less evaporation.
  • Use a pool cover to cut down on water evaporation.
  • Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car.
  • Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, loading docks and parking lots.

For more Water Conservation Program information, call the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department at (619) 515-3500 or via e-mail at water@sandiego.gov.