We will continue to provide "water conservation" updates to you as we receive them from our regional and State partners. Just recently, we shared that the State of California asked that residents throughout our state voluntarily reduce water consumption by 20 percent, and then we gave you some tips to achieve that goal.
Yesterday, we received an update from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) which manages the Hetch Hetchy Watershed - the source of our water supply. The SFPUC asked that Redwood City residents along with all residents in our service area voluntarily reduce water consumption by 10 percent at this time. The SFPUC intends on making a formal announcement of this call for voluntary water conservation this Friday, January 31, 2014.
Although this is a lower percent of water conservation than asked by the State, we do not want to discourage any individual water user from reducing their water consumption by the State's requested 20 percent.
"Take 2": Water Tips, FREE Water Efficient Tools and Rebates
In case you missed our recently shared "Top 12" Water Conservation Tips (from the Environmental Protection Agency's Web site), which included information on FREE water efficient tools and water conservation rebates, we are sharing them again because we really don't want you to miss out on FREE earth-friendly water-efficient stuff for your home. If you are interested in any of Redwood City's rebates and offers, call the Conservation team at 650.780.7436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Look up if your household has "WaterSense" products by visiting the EPA website. Redwood City offers rebates for WaterSense toilets.
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth. The City offers low flow faucet aerators for FREE! See the flyer with all of the details.
- Take a shower over a bath...just stay aware of how long you are showering! We offer residents FREE low flow showerheads!
- In the kitchen...plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
- Use a dishwasher, and fill it up before you do!
- Scrape your plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you're not waiting for water to cool as it comes out of the faucet.
- Avoid the garbage disposal...it's not good for your pipes or water conservation. Throw food scraps in the compost bin.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on your machine. The City and PG&E offer rebates for High Efficiency Washing Machines!
- Check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
- Give your garden hose a break. Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
- Wash the car with water from a bucket, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
Did You Know? (www.epa.gov)
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household's outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent!
- Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency. Redwood City offers residential customers 25 FREE efficient sprinkler nozzles.
- Take a look at the Landscape Photo Gallery for inspirational examples of beautiful, water-smart landscapes from across the country.
- If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
And you can always learn more about water conservation here in Redwood City by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/conservation.
Public Communication & Engagement Manager
City of Redwood City, California
Street: 1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
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