Valencia Water Company and the other water purveyors in the Santa Clarita Valley strongly encourage our customers to “Use Water Wisely”. The following conservation tips developed and recommended by water utilities throughout the country will help to reduce your individual water demand.
SAVING WATER INDOORS
Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities.
Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowel within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
Consider installing an instant water heater on your sinks that are located far from your main water heater so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.
SAVING WATER OUTDOORS
Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs … not the paved areas.
Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.
Regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly. Broken or poorly adjusted sprinklers may go un-noticed since sprinklers are usually set to operate during early morning hours when we are asleep.
Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Don’t fertilize monthly, instead apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering. Group plants together based on similar water needs.
Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, so don’t leave the sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.
For additional water conservation tips, please visit the conservation areas of these websites: