Indoor and Outdoor Tips

When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact. EVMWD recommends the following tips to help you save during this historic drought!

Outdoor Water Conservation


Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes. Better option is to remove your turf and plant a Temescal Garden.

Learn more about evapotranspiration (ET) to understand how much water your landscaping really needs.

Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Save: 30- 60 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft

Put a 3” layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. Save: 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.


Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.. Save: 15-12 gallons/each time you water

Choose a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Remember to turn it off when it rains. Save: 15 gallons/each time you water.


Wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle. Save: 8-18 gallons/minute.

Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. Save: 8-18 gallons /minute


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When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

Turn water off when brushing teeth. Save: Approximately 10 Gallons/Day

Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor. Save: Up to 300 gallons a month.

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Install low-flow showerheads. Save: 2.5 Gallons

Take five-minute showers instead of 10 minute showers. Save: 12.5 gallons with a low flow showerhead, 25 gallons with a standard 5.0 gallon per minute showerhead.

Fill the bathtub halfway or less. Save: 12 Gallons. When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.


Install a high-efficiency toilet. Read more about toilets Save: 19 Gallons Per Person/Day. Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons. Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.

Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket.



Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

Freezer – If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy. Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher. Save: 3 to 8 Gallons/Load. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

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Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute.

When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

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Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy. Install a water-efficient clothes washer Save: 16 Gallons/Load