Survey Question of the Month

Each month we will feature a new "Survey Question of the Month" and its answer. Each question has been submitted to us by a customer who has taken the Water Conservation Survey. Please visit this webpage on a regular basis to check out the latest "Survey Question of the Month".

Q: How do I save water for the 20-Gallon Challenge, and how do I know how much water I'm conserving?

A: Think about a 5-gallon bucket used by painters and construction workers. Saving 20-gallons a day equals four of those buckets.

To help you visualize and measure your conservation efforts, estimate water usage by time and activity type. By using estimates provided by the San Diego County Water Authority, you can find simple ways to reduce your daily usage by 20-gallons.

Consider the following water conservation tips and savings:

Activity Type: Outdoor Estimated Savings
•  Water before 6 a.m. or after 8 p.m. 20-25 gallons/day
•  Reduce irrigation cycles by 1-3 minutes and avoid over watering 15-25 gallons/minute
•  Adjust sprinklers to prevent overspray 15-25 gallons/day
•  Fix leaks or replace broken sprinkler heads 20 gallons/day/leak
•  Turn the hose off while you're washing the car 15-25 gallons p/minute
•  Slow evaporation and install a cover on the pool/Jacuzzi 30 gallons/day
Activity Type: Indoor Estimated Savings
•  Repair leaky bathroom fixtures 15-50 gallons/day
•  Only run a full dishwasher 2-4.5 gallons/load
•  Turn the water off when washing dishes 2.5 gallons/minute
•  Only wash full loads of laundry 15-50 gallons/load
•  Shut water off when brushing teeth 2 gallon/minute