The holidays are here and as community health restrictions ease, you probably have a lot on your mind as you consider playing host to friends and family. Here’s another thing you’ll want to consider: increased water use. During this time of year, the average household uses about 150 gallons per day. Throw in a few house guests—as well as the extra dishes, laundry, showers, and cooking—and you’ll see that figure climb quickly.
- TURN OFF THE TAP – Stop the flow if doing dishes by hand. Instead, scrape waste into the green bin or the trash and fill the sink with soapy water.
- FIXATE ON FIXTURES – Upgrade common fixtures like faucet aerators and shower heads. These items are free at Contra Costa Water District’s main office and add up to big savings!
- RUN FULL LOADS – Whether doing the dishes or removing stains, reduce the number of cycles and run full loads.
- SLOW THAW – Thawing foods in the sink takes a lot of hot water. Instead, let your frozen foods thaw overnight in the fridge. You’ll save water and energy!
- KEEP IT COOL – Your guests may prefer cold water. Keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge avoids running the tap until the water is cool.
- TIME OUT – Don’t forget to adjust your outdoor water use for winter. Be sure your irrigation system is turned off and only water manually if needed. Now is also a great time to perform irrigation maintenance. Fix damaged equipment and protect against freezing temps.
Stay up to date with the drought and find new ways to save water at ccwater.com/drought.