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Water Conservation Tips
Approximately two thirds of water used by residents in Visalia is for landscape irrigation. Cool-season grass such as fescue is not adapted to our climate and uses the most water. Pools use a significant amount of water too.

Outside the Home / Landscape Irrigation

  • Avoid wasting water or causing runoff from your property.
  • Only irrigate on your watering day before 10:00 am or after 8:00 pm to avoid burning plants and to reduce evaporation.
  • A good way to check if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs right back up, you don’t need to turn on the sprinklers.
  • Check your sprinkler system regularly. Broken sprinkler heads, automatic timers not adjusted for the season, or hidden leaks that are not detected all waste water.
  • Adjust your timer at least quarterly to match the season.
  • Use at least 3 inches of mulch around trees, plants and garden beds to retain moisture.
  • Use drip irrigation for shrubs and in flower beds.
  • Do not leave hoses unattended unless controlled by an automatic timer.
  • A garden hose can use 10 gallons of water per minute or more. 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.
  • Consider planting native and low-water-use plants, shrubs and trees.  Learn more about creating an easy care free landscape using California's native and or drought resistant plants.
  • Swimming pools should be covered when not in use to avoid evaporation.
  • Visit Cal Water's Water-Wise Gardening website for information on low-water/drought-resistant perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses, trees, vines, turfs and ground covers for Visalia's climate.

Inside the Home 

  • Never use any more water than necessary to complete a task.
  • Fix leaks 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Learn more about available Cal Water rebates and other water saving fixtures.
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