10 Different Ideas To Conserve Water during a drought

In response to the drought, San Carlos, Redwood City and Menlo Park residents, as well as all other Californians, have been asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.

Most water use occurs outdoors. Try the following:

1.      Water less frequently and set sprinklers to turn on before 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
2.      Make sure sprinkler heads are directed on the lawn and garden.
3.      Use mulch or ground cover to help trees and shrubs use less water.
4.      Choose drought tolerant and/or native plants whenever possible.  (San Carlos is in Climate Zones 9 and 10.)
5.      Rather than washing your car at home, take it to a car wash that recycles the water. If you do wash your car at home: use a small bucket,

Develop water-wise habits by employing the following practices:

1.      Run only full loads in the dishwasher and use shorter wash cycles.

2.      Wash only full loads in the washing machine.  Use cold-water settings and shorter cycles.

3.      Fix leaky toilets.

4.      Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

5.      Shorten your showers by two minutes.

Free water conservation kits are available for San Carlos residents who are current Cal Water customers. To receive your kit, visithttps://www.calwater.com/conservation/conservation-kits/. Limit of one kit per household per year, while supplies last.

Cal Water is currently offering rebates on qualified water-efficient appliances (high-efficiency clothes washing machines and high-efficiency toilets) through partnerships with the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E).  Rebates are available until funds are depleted.  Please contact a Cal Water/BAWSCA water conservation specialist at (408) 367-8369 with questions.