With little rainfall and hot and dry summer months, the valley must carefully manage finite water supplies. So throughout the year, Castaic Lake Water Agency is asking all customers to rethink water consumption and to reduce water usage by 10 percent. Here are some easy ways you can conserve:
Your Pipes & Hardware
Verify that your home is leak-free! Many homes have hidden water leaks. Here’s a way to check:
- Turn off all faucets both inside and outside your home.
- Look at your water meter (usually located in a ground vault somewhere near the front of your home).
- If the dial is moving, you may have a leak. Make a note of the meter reading (the numbers on the dial).
- Leaving all water turned off, read your water meter two hours later. If the meter shows a higher number, there is probably a leak somewhere in your yard or home.
- Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year, which will add to the cost of water and sewer bills.
- Consider installing an “instant” water heater on sinks that are located far from your main water heater so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household. These units are sometimes referred to as “point of use” water heaters.
- Check for toilet leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. CLWA or your local water supplier can provide you with a free toilet leak test kit.
- Take shorter showers. Replace your shower head with an ultra-low-flow shower head. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
- Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full.
- Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face.
- Retrofit household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
This article written by CLWA