Frequently Asked Questions
General Water Conservation Questions
The State's Save our Water website, available in English and Spanish, provides helpful water conservation information, including lists of the little changes you can make in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room that collectively add up to a lot of water savings. The site also includes video testimonials by real people taking real action to save water. A tour through the H2O House can help you assess the water saving opportunities in each area of your home. Also, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency offers Landscape Education classes to learn how to serve water in your yard.
Furthermore, the Water Use it Wisely website has 100 water conservation tips to start following today! Finally, the Water Education Foundation provides various resources, including a comprehensive water news page, a water encyclopedia and even water tours to give you a 'first-hand look' at our State's water resources.
- Attend a free gardening workshop sponsored by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Class topics range from drought-tolerant landscaping to installing drip irrigation.
- Get rid of a turf lawn through sheet mulching. Sheet mulching is an easy process of layering cardboard and mulch right on top of the grass. Plus, you can plant your new garden straight into the mulch.
- Install a rain barrel and claim up to $100 back through the Rain Barrel Rebate Program. Rain barrels can provide a steady stream of water for your garden after the rainy season has passed.
- Hire a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper to install your new water-efficient garden.
- Read up on these tips for irrigation for various irrigation systems, including drip, sprinkler, and hand watering.
- Use of a hose without a positive shut-off nozzle.
- Use of water for cleaning, filling, or operating non-recirculating, decorative water fountains.
- Use of water to irrigate outdoor plants, lawn, grass, landscaping or turf areas during and within 24 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Use of broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering, or irrigation systems.
- Use in new, added, or altered car wash equipment unless a recirculating water system is incorporated.
- To promote conservation, hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and display notice of this option in guestrooms.
The United States Geological Survey defines a drought as a "period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems. When rainfall is less than normal for several weeks, months or years, the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases. If dry weather persists and water-supply problems develop, the dry period can become a drought."