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CONSERVATION CORNER: Water use efficiency measures for the home
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The average household uses approximately 260 gallons of water per day. A significant amount of that use occurs in the kitchen and bathroom. Lengthy showers, older appliances and fixtures, and overuse of the water tap are just a few of the water wasting activities that occur in these areas of the home.

By implementing simple and easy water-saving measures (listed below), we can achieve the goal of using less water, yet still accomplish the same task.

Helpful Suggestions for Water Efficiency and Savings Measures:

·         Install low flow showerheads and low flow faucet aerators.

·         Take shorter showers / turn off the water while soaping up.

·         Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and/or shaving.

·         Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket.

·         Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.

·         Minimize use of garbage disposal – scrape table scraps into garbage can.

·         Wash fruits and veggies in a bowl of warm water rather than letting water run.

·         Reuse the water from steamed vegetables and/or melted ice cubes to water outdoor plants.

·         Store a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.

·         Replace older (less efficient) appliances with new water sense labeled products (contact the City for rebate opportunities).

·         Schedule a water survey with City staff to determine recommended water use for your household.

The suggestions listed above are just a few easy, yet effective methods for saving water at home. Even small measures can make a big impact.

Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. Please do your part to be a wiser water user. And parents, be sure to get children and family members involved. If we all work together, we can make a difference.

For more information on water conservation ideas, visit the City of Turlock’s website at and click on the “water conservation” tab on the right panel, or call the Municipal Services Department at 668-5590.


Water Conservation Tip #6


A standard garden hose can use 10 gallons per minute or more. This means you can easily use 100 gallons of water with only a 10 minute car or pavement wash. Attach an automatic shut off spray nozzle to your hose, so that water doesn’t run freely when you stop watering or set the hose down.