Happy 2019! Water Saving Resolutions for the New Year!

Thank you for caring about your water supply!  We appreciate our community's continued efforts in embracing a water-wise lifestyle.Here are 5 ways to save water in the New Year.

DON’T WATER WHEN IT RAINS!
Perhaps it’s obvious, but we’ve all seen sprinklers running during rainstorms or in the hours following a substantial downpour. If this happens to you, install a rain sensor device and connect it to your irrigation timer so that the sprinklers will shut off when it’s raining. You can get rebates on rain sensors from the District at www.soquelcreekwater.org/rebates

PLANT A CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN
Replacing high-maintenance, extra-thirsty traditional yards and lawns with California native plants can reduce a home’s water consumption by 20 percent. Native gardens require less maintenance, don’t need chemical fertilizers and some can attract butterflies and hummingbirds! Visit the UCSC Arboretum for inspiration and for a great plant database
for plant choices visit http://www.santacruz.watersavingplants.com/

LOCATE THE LEAKS
Don’t let minor water leaks in your home go unfixed. You can save 20 gallons of water per day for every minor leak fixed, and a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. The most common toilet leak is from around old flappers (the rubber seal inside the tank). You can get a free toilet flapper replacement from Soquel Creek Water District during a water-wise house call. Schedule a water-wise house call today and get a free tutorial on how to look for leaks!

REMOVE YOUR GRASS
You can save tens of thousands of gallons of water every year by removing your natural grass lawn/turf and replacing it with native plants, drought-tolerant ornamental grasses, artificial grass or non-living groundcovers. Use the sheet mulching technique to remove the lawn with less effort and waste. Rebates for turf removal are available at www.soquelcreekwater.org and homeowners can use the California Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program loans to make this type of eco-friendly home improvement

USE A BROOM AND A BUCKET, NOT A HOSE
Using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse – with an automatic shutoff nozzle on the hose – at the end, which saves 150 gallons each time. For a two-car family, that adds up to 1,200 gallons a month. The District requires a shut off nozzle on all hoses and offer them free of charge to all customers. Come to the office to pick one or two up for your hoses

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