Inside the Home
- Never use any more water than necessary to complete a task.
- Fix leaks on faucets, sinks and toilets.
- Take shorter showers, every minute you shorten your shower can save up to 75 gallons per month.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Learn more about available Cal Water rebates and other water saving fixtures
- Keep a container of cold water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for water to cool at the faucet.
- Fill sink half-way to rinse fruits and vegetables versus rinsing individually under running water.
- Be sure you have a full load when using the dishwasher.
- When washing clothes, make sure you have a full load; if not, select the correct water level.
- When cleaning or emptying a fish tank, use the old water to water plants or the lawn.
Outside the Home
- Swimming pools should be covered when not in use to avoid evaporation.
- Water lawn according to Visalia's Residential and Commercial Watering Policy.
- Water between 8:00pm. and 10:00am to avoid burning plants and to reduce evaporation.
- A good way to check if your lawn needs watering is to just step on the grass. If it springs right back up, you don’t need to turn on the sprinklers.
- Check your sprinkler system regularly. A sprinkler system can waste water if sprinkler heads are broken, automatic timers are not adjusted for rain, or hidden leaks are not detected.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and in flower beds.
- All water hoses should have a trigger shut-off nozzle.
- Use mulch around trees, plants and gardens to retain moisture.
- Direct and or save rain water to water plants.
- Set a timer to avoid over watering.
- When using a sprinkler, be sure to adjust to water only where needed
- A garden hose can use 10 gallons of water per minute. Use a broom or a rake to remove debris instead of a hose to clean patios, walkways, sidewalks and driveways.
- When washing your car use a bucket, sponge, and a hose with a shut-off nozzle.
- After washing your vehicle, use remaining water for plants or for the lawn.
- Consider planting native and drought tolerant plants, shrubbs and trees. Learn more about creating an easy care free landscape using California's native and or drought resistant plants.
- Cal Water offers a list of low-water/drought-resistant perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses, trees, vines, turfs and ground covers for Visalia's climate.