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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.
- Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department

Water Conservation Tip #20
For the healthiest and most water-efficient lawn, try to water in several short watering cycles rather than one long one. Three 5 to 10 minute sessions spaced 30 minutes to an hour apart will allow your lawn to better absorb moisture than one straight longer session, and there is less water run-off.