Ask LA Stormwater: How Can I Conserve Water?


A: That’s the million dollar question ever since Governor Brown urged every Californian to cut their water use by 20%. Angelenos typically use about 129 gallons of water every day. To keep in step with the Governor, we need to save 30 gallons a day. (The more, the better, of course.)

Luckily there are some simple ways to conserve water that really add up. 

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth: 10 gallons
  • Install a low-flow showerhead: 12.5 gallons
  • Shorten your shower to 5 minutes: 12.5 gallons
  • Use the light wash setting on your dishwasher (and don’t pre-rinse): 8 gallons
  • Put aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks: 3 gallons

Once you start conserving, you won’t want to stop. Save even more water by changing the way you tend to your lawns and gardens. 

  • Let the grass grow to twice the typical length. The denser grass will help reduce evaporation and lessen your need to water.
  • Plant drought-resistant native plants, which have adapted to our low-water climate and won’t need regular watering after they’ve been established.
  • Install spray nozzles for your hoses to keep water from gushing out as you move it around the yard.
  • Clean driveways and walkways with a broom—not a hose.
  • Turn off sprinklers in the parkway between the street and the lawn.
  • Replace your thirsty grass lawn with drought-friendly designs. The LA Department of Water and Power pays $2 for every square foot of turf!

For even more water conservation tips, visit LA Department of Water and Power or the Metropolitan Water District

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Comments (4)

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    Saran Kirschbaum
    January 30th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Put a container under your faucet while waiting for hot water. Use that water on plants and in a bird bath.

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    Bill Miller
    January 30th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve been capturing the RINSE water from doing laundry for the last year and using it to irrigate my roses. Also the grass in my front yard seems to do just fine being watered once, for fifteen minutes, every two months. If I could catch the runoff going by my house of freeway landscape watering two blocks away I could eliminate that too.

  3. Barry Seybert
    January 31st, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I replaced our lawn with a high grade artificial turf that matches our neighbors Marathon II sod. Our water bill went from $300.00 to $50.00. A water savings of $125.00 a month, no gardener needed, and a $4,000.00 rebate check will make the expense of the turf pay for itself in a few years and the yard always looks good other then cleaning up leaves.

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    Sherri Akers
    February 15th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful article and all that you do! We invite everyone to join us at the Water Wise Expo at the Mar Vista Farmers Market on March 16th – we will have guest presenters on a wide range of water conservation solutions from habits to legislation!

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