Water Conservation for Residents
The following are no cost or low-cost solutions for Colma residents that can help you save money and reduce your water usage:
Be wise about watering your garden and lawn:
- Water less frequently. We often over-water our lawn and gardens. Set sprinklers to turn on before 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to reduce evaporation. Most of our water usage is for outdoors. If you reduce watering your lawn/garden by just two minutes per area, you will save water and money!
- Make sure your sprinkler heads are directed only on your lawn and garden. Adjust your sprinkler heads to avoid wetting sidewalks and patios.
- Use mulch or ground cover to help trees and shrubs use less water. Mulch also helps build healthy soil and can save time weeding and watering in the garden!
- Choose drought tolerant and/or native plants whenever possible, see www.cnps.org for more information on native plants. Colma is in Climate Zones 9 and 10. Select Mediterranean climate and California native plants that are adapted to our climate of seasonal rainfall. Consider plants that offer food for wildlife and enhance local habitat. Also, avoid invasive species to prevent the further spread of exotic plants. For ideas on plant choices, visit the Colma Drought Tolerant Demonstration Garden! Click here for a map of the garden which also shows plant species.
Develop water-wise habits:
- Run only full loads in the dishwasher and use shorter wash cycles. Your machine uses the same amount of water whether it is full or almost empty.
- Wash only full loads in the washing machine, use cold-water settings and shorter cycles. One load of laundry typically uses 40-50 gallons of water.
- Fix leaky toilets. A running toilet can waste many gallons per minute; often a faulty flapper is the culprit. See Cal Water rebates for water efficient toilets.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Up to 2 gallons of water are used, if the tap is left on!
- Shorten your showers by two minutes.
Save water by using and water conserving showerheads and toilets:
Cal Water provides free water conservation kits with water-saving plumbing retrofit fixtures. Each kit includes:
- Two high-efficiency showerheads (use 2 gallons per minute)
- Two hose nozzles
- Two bathroom faucet aerators (use 1.0 gallon per minute)
- Two toilet leak tablets
- One kitchen faucet aerator (uses 1.5 gallons per minute)
Water conservation kits are available for Colma Residents. To receive your kit, fill out the form on Cal Water’s website: http://www.calwater.com/conservation/kit.php.
Rebates for Colma Residents (Colma is in Cal Water’s Bayshore District)
Cal Water offers rebates on qualified water-efficient appliances through partnerships with the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) and PG&E.
High-efficiency clothes washer rebate
Amount: Up to $125
Available from: BAWSCA
High-efficiency clothes washers use 35-50% less water and approximately 50% less energy than traditional washers. See the rebate application for additional restrictions and qualifications.
High-efficiency toilet (HET) rebate
Amount: Up to $100 when replacing a toilet using 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) or more with an EPA Water Sense-labeled HET
Available from: BAWSCA
High-efficiency toilets use a maximum of 1.28 gpf, whereas an old toilet may use up to 7 gpf.
Important information from Cal Water
Rebates are available until funds are depleted. Cal Water does not warrant any of these devices to be free of defects or warrant the quality of the workmanship and is not responsible for the suitability of the premises for the device. Cal Water, its directors, officers and employees are not responsible for any loss, damage, expense and liability resulting from the loss, destruction or damage to property arising out of or in any way connected to the installation of these devices.
Please contact CAL Water/BAWSCA and the water conservation specialist at 408.367.8369, if you have any questions about the programs described above.
Help save earth's precious resources while saving money on your water bill at the same time.
A variety of Web sites and literature that will help you investigate water conservation.
Children can learn about the importance of saving water and help conserve from a young age. Educational programs are available for classroom use.