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As California faces extreme drought conditions, your commitment to conservation is needed now.  San Francisco residents can help reduce water use if everyone takes a few simple steps. Use this Home Water Conservation Checklist to identify ways to improve efficiency in your home If you haven’t already, please take the following actions immediately: 

At home 

  • Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes – saves about 2 gallons per minute.
  • Install water-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators – saves 1 gallon per minute.
  • Shorten your shower time – reducing your shower by just 3 minutes can save about 8 gallons of water.
  • Repair toilets and other plumbing leaks ASAP – saves hundreds of gallons per day. Visit for repair tips. Important reminder: Tenants should immediately report leaking plumbing fixtures to property manager.
  • Replace older clothes washers with new water-efficient models and apply for SFPUC rebates
  • The PREP program for residential properties provides free toilets and installation for qualifying homes
  • Reduce one load of laundry per week by waiting to run full loads – saves about 20 gallons.


  • Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways and other surfaces – saves about 15 gallons per minute.
  • Limit landscape watering – twice a week is enough for most gardens in San Francisco.
  • Adjust sprinklers and to minimize overspray and runoff.
  • Add mulch to your landscape - a 2-3" layer of mulch around plants helps retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.
  • Water at night or early morning – water between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. to reduce evaporation and water lost due to wind.

 Together, we can stretch our limited water supplies - conserve today and save for tomorrow.


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Last updated: 7/24/2019 10:00:08 AM