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Seven Ways to Save Water in the California Drought

Elizabeth Chapin



The CSU’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) leverages the expertise of about 250 researchers from throughout the CSU to help solve the state’s complex water issues. Due in part to this system-wide initiative, the CSU is now recognized as a critical resource working to solve the state’s water challenges.

One of WRPI’s goals is to provide faculty expertise to support California’s need for sustainable water resources.

CSU experts are also educating Californians about the importance of sustainable water consumption in the home. Daily water use plays a major role in the state’s supply.

WRPI water expert and Sacramento State Professor Christine Flowers-Ewing insists that Californians need to do our part to save water, and it can start in the home. Here are seven tips that Flowers-Ewing says anyone can do to help reduce water use:

1. Switch out old style shower head and faucets for water efficient lower flow/volume styles.

2. Upgrade washing machines to front loading styles which use less water and are more energy efficient. Make sure to use the appropriate load size setting when washing smaller loads.

3. Install on demand water heaters for both water conservation and energy conservation when replacing old water heater.

4. Install low flow or dual flush toilets during remodeling.

5. Install automatic irrigation systems and set timing to early morning. Consider using drip irrigation and small spray heads for best delivery of water to plants in borders, boxes and gardens.

6. Install water efficient dishwasher and run it only when load is full.

7. Take car to automatic car-wash. Washing car in driveway is very wasteful and water runs directly into storm drain untreated.