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Saving Water this Summer

This article appeared in the June 6, 2014 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


As California’s drought continues, but summer is starting to heat up, many of us are thinking about how we can save water.  Here are a few easy tips to try to cut down on your water use.


One is to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth.  If you’re in the habit of letting the faucet run while you brush, try putting a cup under it to catch the water that you’re not using. 


When you’re finished, use a measuring cup to find out how much water is being wasted.  Then take that number and multiply it by how many times a day you brush your teeth.  That’s how much water is being lost in a day.  Now multiply that number by seven to see your total for the week, or by thirty to see your total for the month.


The water that you’ve collected in your cup can be used to water a plant.  Or, better yet, just turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and save that water!


Taking a shorter shower is also a great way to cut back on water use.  Try to keep your shower under four minutes.  Try setting a timer while you shower. 


Set it to count up to measure how much time you’re spending in the shower now.  The average shower uses about 2.5 gallons of water each minute, although older, less efficient showerheads can use as many as 4 gallons per minute. How many gallons does a 15-minute shower take?


Then try setting a timer to count down from four minutes the next time you shower.  When the timer goes off, it’s time to get out.  How much water have you saved?


When it comes to watering your lawn or outdoor plants, aim for the early morning when it’s still cool.  Watering during the day when it’s hot will cause much of the water to evaporate before the plants have a chance to drink it.  Watering in the early morning will let you use less water (because more is going to the plants) and will give your plants a boost to surviving a hot summer day.


These are just a few quick things you can do to help save water this summer.  Check out more at



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