Water Smarts

Angelenos use, on average, 140 gallons of water every day, but most usage is misusage – nobody is that thirsty. There are several things one can do reduce water usage at home and most are no-brainers. First, use only as much water on your lawn as you need to. Studies show that the average homeowner uses more than 4 times the actual amount of water needed to keep a lawn healthy and green – wasted water that runs off of property and into storm drains. We got a lot of rain last month so give your automatic sprinklers a rest. Second, run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher – this saves 300 to 800 gallons a month. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Shortening showers also helps as every minute of shower uses 2.5 gallons of water. And lastly, don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. The city got some much needed rain this year, but the drought is far from over – most of the rain ended up in the ocean.

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