The Eastern Municipal Water District today announced that it's calling on residents and businesses to cut back their water usage by 10%, or 20 gallons per person per day.
The district cites continued drought and regulatory cutbacks on imported supplies from Northern California as contributing to the need to take proactive measures.
EMWD is targeting landscape as the place where people should cut back on their water, providing the following tips...
- Do not hose down driveways or any other hard surfaces except for health or sanitary reasons. Use a broom or blower instead. (Saves 8 - 18 gallons per minute)
- Irrigate lawns and landscape only between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (unless hand watering). Adjust automatic timer clocks accordingly. (Saves 20 - 25 gallons per day)
- Adjust and operate all landscape irrigation systems in a manner that will maximize irrigation efficiency and avoid over watering or watering of hardscape and the resulting runoff. (Saves 15 – 25 gallons for each minute; up to 250 gallons per cycle)
- Refrain from using decorative fountains unless they are equipped with a recycling system.
- Where possible, install pool and spa covers to minimize water loss due to evaporation. (Saves 30 gallons per day)
- Do not allow hoses to run while washing vehicles. Use a bucket or a hose with an automatic shutoff valve. (Saves 8 - 18 gallons per minute)
The water district warns that if the situation doesn't improve, they'll be forced to implement "Stage 2", which ushers in mandatory restrictions and potential penalties.
Probably the easiest way to comply is to adjust your lawn sprinkler timers down, now that the Summer is over.