Bolinas Community Public Utility District  

Water Conservation

Water Conservation Links:
Eartheasy - Ideas for environmentally sustainable living

California Water Service Co. - Other district with good water conservation advise.

How to Conduct a Household Water Audit

Cooperative Extension Service - University of Kentucky. Good source of daily water usages.

House - Water Saver Home

Water Conservation Tips from the Fema website


  Never pour water down the drain when there may be another usefor it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.

  Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!

  Check all plumbing for leaks. Have leaks repaired by a plumber.

 Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

  Install an instant hot water heater on your sink.

  Insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss and prevent them from breaking.

  Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient.

  Consider purchasing a low-volume toilet that uses less than half the water of older models. Note: In many areas, low-volume units are required by law.

  Install a toilet displacement device to cut down on the amount of water needed to flush. Place a one-gallon plastic jug of water into the tank to displace

toilet flow (do not use a brick, it may dissolve and loose pieces may cause damage to the internal parts). Be sure installation does not interfere with the

operating parts.

  Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.

  Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for watering plants.

 Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

  Avoid taking baths—take short showers—turn on water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.

  Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.

  Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the “light wash” feature, if available, to use less water.

  Hand wash dishes by filling two containers—one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.

  Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap.

  Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing of food waste or simply dispose of food in the garbage. (Kitchen sink disposals require a lot of water to operate properly).

  Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Do not let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.

 Avoid wasting water waiting for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it on the stove.

 Avoid rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher; just remove large particles of food. (Most dishwashers can clean soiled dishes very well, so dishes do not have to be rinsed before washing)

 Avoid using running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave oven.

 Operate automatic clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.

Conventional water uses vs Water Saving  uses
Gallons Used - Conventional
Gallons Used - Low Flow/Water Saving                                        
Toilet Flushing  5-7 gallons per flush
1.5 - 3.5 gallons per flush
Shower  7-10 gallons per minute
2-4 gallons per minute
Bath  36-50 gallons

Laundry  45-50 gallons per load
12-17 gallons per load
Dishwasher  15 gallons per load
7 gallons per load
Dishwashing by hand  30 gallons  (tap running)
5-10 gallons (tap not running)
Brushing teeth  10 gallons (tap running)
1-3 gallons (tap not running)
Garden Watering  
630 gallons (1/2 inch hose running at 60 lbs per sq. inch for 1 hour)
1,020 gallons (5/8 inch hose running at 60 lbs per sq. inch for 1 hour)
1,860 gallons (3/4 inch hose running at 60 lbs per sq. inch for 1 hour)