Today is World Water Day. What will you do to conserve this precious resource?
What is World Water Day? Click here to watch a short (1 minute) video.
If you live in the Irvine Ranch Water District, you may qualify for a rebate if you remove your lawn and replace it with drought tolerant plants. Click here to learn more. Other water districts may offer the same incentives. Check with your local water company to find out.
Why we don't need Poseidon's Desalination Plant in Orange County:
Orange County has plenty of water, even with the drought, but only if we conserve.
- Replace faucets and shower heads with low flow/ high efficiency parts.
- Take short (5 minute) showers
- Don't leave the water running when you brush your teeth or when rinsing dishes for the dishwasher. Instead, fill your sink, or better yet, a small tub that fits inside your sink, with a few inches of water to rinse dishes. Empty the tub into your flower pots or garden.
- Wash only large loads of laundry.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Use water from steamed or boiled vegetables to water your plants. Warning: using water from broccoli or asparagus makes potted plants smell bad - only use this in your garden.
- Remove your lawn and replace with drought tolerant plants
- Turn your sprinklers off when it rains.
- Set your sprinklers to water for short periods (1-2 minutes) 2 times each day that they are set to water. This allows the water to soak into the soil, preventing run-off.
- Replace your sprinkler timer with a satellite timer that turns off when it rains. Visit IRWD for a list of qualified timers.
- Sweep sidewalks and driveways, rather than hosing them down. In some OC cities, this is the law!
To learn more ways to conserve, visit Save Our Water.